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Wednesday, April 12, 2006
13 weeks for planning determination
Planning Minister Yvette Cooper has announced changes to government planning policy, including:

Most types of planning application will now have to be accompanied by a design and access statement.
Increases in internal floorspace of 200m+ within retail developments will be brought under planning control.
LPAs will now have 13 weeks to determine a major application before an applicant can appeal on the basis of non-determination. (A change from 8 weeks)

A quote from Yvette Cooper herself:

"High quality design needs to be at the heart of the planning system. These changes mean that both developers and local planning authorities will have to give proper consideration to design and access before they start. This will help improve the quality of new buildings and spaces."

Via 24dash.com.

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