Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Councils could be stripped of planning powers

The government could strip councils of its planning powers and transfer them to the Planning Inspectorate, under plans revealed yesterday.

As part of wider measure to relax the planning laws, major commercial and residential schemes could be directed to a fast track process run by the Planning Inspectorate.

Under the new rules being proposed, developers could opt to have their planning decisions taken by the Planning Inspectorate instead of the local council if the council is deemed to be “poor at decision making, according to government plans.

The Local Government Association (LGA) queried whether the Planning Inspectorate would have the “current capacity” to speed up decision making.

Readers' comments (2)

  • This strikes me as a strange example of the Government working against its own localism agenda. So what about the local democratic input? And how are the views of local communities taken into account? How will the Planning Inspectorate balance local understanding with wider strategic need? This smacks of desparation by the Government to appear to be doing something...

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • When i read about the creation of a new planning inspectorate to centralise the decision making process, "Fastrack" is not the first word that comes to mind.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.