Minor Works planning applications clogging the system.

Posted on December 6, 2011 by "Chirpy Chippy" There have been 0 comments

Minor Works planning applications clogging the system.

“If the government is serious about simplifying the planning system is should end the need for approvals for minor or insignificant works” so says Paul Graham MD of Planning Pipe.

The planning system is being stifled by the number of commercial applications for minor works, with more than 100,000 businesses a year submitting a planning application for minor works such as the installation of air conditioning, replacement windows, or change of use.

Whilst under the 2008 Killian Pretty review a targeted 40% reduction in the need for full planning applications relating to minor works was proposed, this has not materialised with Planning departments still insisting on full applications for minor works.

This is clogging the system resulting in planning departments being unable to devote the resources to major projects.

Fastframe Systems Limited believes that many small builders are losing out on valuable work because of the disproportionate amount of time required to complete applications for minor works, remedials and replacements.

Come on Government start practising what you preach

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