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12-month planning decision pledge

The government has pledged that planning decisions will be made within 12 months, in a move designed to encourage development and cut red tape.

Housing minister Grant Shapps made the guarantee in a speech to the Home Builders Federation.

He said: “It’s not just about getting the right planning decisions − speed counts too. So we are introducing a 12-month planning guarantee − to ensure that bureaucracy doesn’t get in the way of business.”

Shapps also confirmed that the government has dropped its plans for Local Standard Framework, which would have allowed councils to choose their own local planning policies.

He said: ‘We’ve been discussing these ideas with government. There are fears that devolving control to local authorities may actually increase regulation. And councils aren’t that keen either.

“So I can tell you now that I don’t propose pushing forward with the Local Standards Framework. Instead it will be for the industry, local authorities and government to work together to find the right solutions.”

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