Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Suffolk features in New Planning Pilots for large developments

Babergh District Council will take part in "New pilot projects" intended to improve and speed up the planning process for large and complex developments, launched by the Housing and Planning Minister Yvette Cooper.

The Planning Delivery Agreement pilots are designed to give greater certainty to developers over the handling of their applications, provide a project management framework for local authorities and ensure that communities are properly consulted early on in the process.

Under the pilots, developers, local planning authorities and other stakeholders will work together with a commitment to an agreed project plan. This will set out a defined timeframe for a decision, highlight the resources and community engagement required, and ensure that sustainability and design standards are properly considered.

Yvette Cooper said: "There has already been great improvements in handling planning applications but too often very large applications take a long time to sort out, creating uncertainty for both developers and the local community.

"The planning system needs to do more to support sustainable development. By improving the process for handling these applications Planning Delivery Agreements will help to make the planning system more efficient so that community groups and developers alike know what the timetable is and where they stand."

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