Planning system must change to aid business

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A ‘RIDICULOUS’ planning system is holding small businesses back.

Ken Moon, the Hampshire spokesman for the Federation of Small Businesses, is calling for a fast-track planning system for smaller firms to help them grow.

His comments came on the back of a survey conducted by the FSB of its members, which showed 69 per cent had to wait more than the maximum eight weeks allowed by ministers for local authorities to decide on most planning applications.

Mr Moon, chairman of the FSB’s Wessex Region, said: ‘It is ridiculous that small firms are still being held back by the costly and complex planning system.

‘Most small firms only want to make minor changes to their business that would enable them to expand and diversify, stimulating much-needed growth in the economy.

‘Small businesses are already over-burdened, especially in these difficult times. Providing a fast-track for small business planning applications would make the process cheaper and easier, and would provide the incentive they need to grow their business.’