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Developers to sidestep councils as part of planning ‘special measures’

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The government has announced details of its new ‘special measures’ policy which would allow developers to bypass ‘underperforming’ planning authorities

Earlier this week, the Department for Communities and Local Government rubberstamped the contentious move which permits property developers to go straight to the planning inspectorate for a decision where the relevant local council is judged to be failing.

The new policy is aimed at councils who have a poor track record for dealing with planning applications.

Local authorities are placed in special measures if they make decisions on less than 30 per cent of major applications within the deadline or if more than 20 per cent of major decisions are overturned at appeal.

The ‘fast-track’ route to the inspectorate come into force following a consultation on the measures which began in November 2012.

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