Hampshire Chamber of Commerce hails planning change

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HAMPSHIRE Chamber of Commerce has welcomed government proposals to make planning applications more straight forward.

The proposals include cutting out unnecessary information in the process, increasing planning fees for local councils in line with inflation, making technical changes to the operation of the Community Infrastructure Levy, and ensuring councils whose planning decisions are consistent with an up-to-date local plan are not ordinarily liable for costs if their decision is appealed.

Ian Welland, head of area development for Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: ‘2012 has been and looks set to continue to be a real turning point for planning and planners.

‘This expected consultation on planning applications should finally ensure efficiencies and consistencies in process and 
strategy.

‘All this can only be good news for developers, businesses and local communities.’

He added a chamber of commerce survey this year called for simpler planning guidelines.