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Neighbourhood Planning Bill gets First Reading 15/09/2016

The government has introduced a new Neighbourhood Planning Billwhich received its First Reading in Parliament on Wednesday 7 September 2016.


The government says that measures in the new Neighbourhood Planning Bill will support more housebuilding and provide more local say over developments; and speed up and strengthen the neighbourhood planning process by simplifying how plans can be revised as local circumstances change and ensure that plans come into force sooner once approved by local people.


There will also be a simplifying of the compulsory purchase order process to make it clearer, fairer and faster and measures in the Bill will clarify the process which is currently based on a patchwork of statute and case law and make the system fairer for all parties.


Further measure will ensure that planning conditions which require developers to take action before work starts are only used where strictly necessary so that once a developer has planning permission they can get on and start building as soon as possible.


It is expected to have its Second Reading debate on Friday 10 October 2016.

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