Cash for permissions?
The government has unveiled controversial plans to change the Town and Country Planning Act to make “local finance considerations” a material consideration in planning applications…
We’ve had some pretty strong responses to this story here at Planning HQ. The TCPA said it will mean “direct cash payments will become the first amongst equals of considerations for new development”, the CPRE said it would mean “cash for sprawl”, the RTPI said it was “completely unacceptable” and the Labour Party has said it will “distort the planning system”. Strong language in the planning world.
On the face of it the change does look alarming. After all, what planning application doesn’t have some “local finance consideration”, and what developer couldn’t then appeal a planning decision that goes against them on this basis?
But is it as alarming as it first appears? Could the neighbourhood planning measures in the Localism Bill help balance this and what’s wrong with boosting the importance of economic considerations anyway? Your thoughts please.