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English Partnerships looks to cut bid paperwork

English Partnerships has announced proposals to make it easier for developers to bid for its sites.

The national regeneration agency wants to develop a scheme which would allow developers to supply pre-qualification information required under EU law on a one-off basis, rather than site by site as currently.

This means developers accepted into the scheme will be able to submit reduced levels of information when bidding for English Partnerships’ sites, reducing paperwork.

English Partnerships hopes the scheme will be up and running for sites marketed from October.

The agency's chief executive John Walker said: “In today’s difficult economic climate, we need to work even more closely with our development partners to ensure the Government’s housing targets are met, without compromising on quality.”

To join the scheme developers maybe asked to submit information on financial standing, diversity, environmental sustainability and legal status. They will also be asked to demonstrate how they plan to meet the agency's quality standards and outline their approach to planning and partnering arrangements.

There will be a consultation period on the plans in late July.