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Budget 2013: Government vows more planning reform

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The government has renewed its commitment to make the planning process simpler

In the budget document which was presented to the House of Commons today (20 March), the government has vowed to continue with the reform of the planning system to ensure the regime supports both growth and housing need.

Significantly reduced planning guidance will be published this summer, reiterating pledges made last October by David Cameron to streamline 6,000 pages of ‘unnecessary bureaucracy’ .

Local areas will be required to put in place bespoke pro-growth planning policies and delivery arrangements, as part of new Local Growth Deals, in response to Lord Heseltine’s review.

Planning constraints have been blamed for hindering the number of new homes being built.

Government has blamed the judicial review process for delaying both infrastructure and housing projects. Results of the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on shortening time limits for bringing a planning judicial review will be published in the spring, and further plans to streamline the judicial review process will be developed by summer 2013.

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