HBF warns Government over planning applications review

The HBF said all parties now needed to work together to ensure the 17 recommendations made in the original review were implemented in as timely manner as possible. In addition there should be a particular focus on the items that would assist housing delivery in the current climate, such as allowing minor amendment of permissions and ensuring the amount of information required to be submitted with planning applications was proportionate. 

HBF Planning Director Andrew Whitaker said: "We are pleased to see that the Government is taking the Review findings seriously and seeking to address the 17 recommendations in considerable detail.

"Many of the recommendations require changes to current practice and culture rather than legislation or regulation and can be implemented almost immediately. Where further studies and consultation needs to take place these should be done as soon as possible.

"Clearly, everyone involved in the development management process has a role to play in such change whether they are local authority officers or members or applicants and agents. HBF and its members will, of course, be keen to assist in the implementation of change to the planning application process."

Meanwhile, the British Property Federation has applauded the commitment, but is urging swift action on areas where there is already widespread agreement.

Liz Peace, chief executive of the BPF, said: "The Government’s positive response to the Killian Pretty recommendation is most welcome. Now more than ever we need to reduce the unnecessary bureaucracy in the planning system so that we can facilitate the building of more homes and regenerate our town centres."

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