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Changing Development Consent Orders post-approval

Although there is already a procedure in place for changing Development Consent Orders (DCOs) post-approval (via the Infrastructure Planning (Changes to, and Revocation of, Development Consent Orders) Regulations 2011) there is a generally held view that the process is too lengthy and holds up major infrastructure projects unnecessarily with the attendant cost implications. Therefore, the Government’s proposals for shortening the process were encapsulated in a consultation exercise carried out in late 2014. The results of the consultation were published prior to the December Autumn Statement and, no doubt to the Government’s relief, most respondents (of whom 15% were developers, 30% local authorities and 21% private individuals) broadly agreed with the proposals.

Government launches housing stimulus package

On 6 September 2012 the government launched its long-awaited housing stimulus package aimed at facilitating the delivery of 70,000 new homes, creating up to 140,000 jobs in the construction sector and kick-starting the UK’s stagnant economy. The package includes measures which, the government says, are aimed at supporting businesses, developers and first-time buyers while slashing red tape across the planning system. In this article we consider some of the key measures included within the package.

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