What does the Budget 2016 mean for planning? Zyda Law explore this in more detail below.
Statutory deadlines for secretary of state decisions
The government will set statutory three-month deadlines for secretary of state decisions on called-in applications and appeals to "prevent time-delays on decisions on infrastructure, housing and regeneration projects".
National Infrastructure Commission
The government has asked the National Infrastructure Commission to "develop proposals for unlocking growth, housing and jobs in the Cambridge - Milton Keynes - Oxford corridor".
The Local Plans Expert Group recommend new sanctions for slow local authorities
The Local Plans Expert Group has recommended that local authorities should be subject to a series of additional consequences if they fail to produce a local plan by early 2017.
Updates to the New Towns Act 1981 to assist in the delivery of garden villages, towns and cities
The government has committed to legislate to update the New Towns Act 1981 “to ensure we have a statutory vehicle well-equipped to support the delivery of new garden cities, towns and villages for the 21st century”. The government will also provide technical and financial support to areas that want to establish garden villages and market towns of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes.
Reform to the Compulsory Purchase Order Process
The Compulsory Purchase Order process is fraught with difficulties. The government are intending to introduce more reforms, with the objective of making the CPO process "clearer, fairer and quicker".
Backing for transport infrastructure projects
The government is supporting High Speed 3 between Leeds and Manchester, it will accelerate the upgrade of the M62 to a four-lane smart motorway and develop future road improvements in the North. The government will also give the green light for London's Crossrail 2 project to proceed to the next stage and will also provide a generous contribution of £80 million to fund the development.
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