The Government has unveiled the £3 million funding pot intended to help community organisations to engage with the planning system. The ‘Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning’ funding will be made available from 1 April 2011.
Edward Cooke, Executive Director, BCSC comments: “We remain supportive of the Government’s overall commitment to the principle of localism which should encourage communities – helped by this funding – to attract investment and development. However, we must acknowledge that it could also facilitate an increase in opposition to new development.
“This would be particularly damaging given Government’s stated ambition to see a private sector-led economic recovery. It is our view that the retail property industry has an important role to play in delivering new development and driving the economic growth of our town and city centres.”
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