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Planning News

The Government has used the most recent Queen’s speech to announce proposals for change to the planning system.

Of interest to Lace Law’s construction clients will be the idea that any pre-commencement conditions (i.e. conditions that have to be satisfied before development commences) should only be included in a planning permission if they are absolutely necessary.

Given the time it takes for clients to obtain planning permission there have been many examples we have seen locally where further frustrating delays are experienced when applying for clearance of the pre-commencement conditions.

If this potential source of delay can now be removed then it will be welcomed by our clients, but Lace Law awaits details of how planning authorities decide on which pre-commencement conditions are ‘absolutely necessary’.