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Riots: government cuts planning red tape for shop shutters

The government’s chief planner has outlined measures to streamline planning applications for businesses to repair their properties in response to the rioting which tore through the country

Steve Quartermain has urged local authorities to prioritise planning permission for rebuilding work or new security shutters.

He will allow planning officers to use delegated powers to speed through the applications and called on councils to give extra guidance on planning policies for shop fronts. The government also plans to consult on whether shutters and other security measures should be allowed as permitted development.

Quartermain also called on councils to consider making local development orders to grant automatic planning permission for the installation of security shutters, alterations or extensions to shops.

Local Development Orders give time-limited permission for specific development plans.

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