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Developers urged to get on with it

The Government has announced new powers for planning authorities to ensure that developers deliver on planning permissions.
ODPM minister Phil Woolas said the powers in the 2004 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act aim to reduce the uncertainty caused by speculators who benefit from increases in land value upon receiving planning permission but have no intention of development.

The reforms will mean that local authorities will have greater powers to decline to determine repeat planning applications from developers trying to wear down resistance to inappropriate development.

And most planning permissions will be granted for three years, instead of the current five, except where the local authority agrees to a longer period.

Mr Woolas said: 'We are sending a message to developers that they have a role to play in creating a faster, more certain planning system that delivers well designed sustainable communities where people want to live and work.

'These measures will stop developable land from being wasted by speculators, and prevent developers from submitting identical applications to wear down opposition to undesirable development, which is an irritation for local authorities and the public.'

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