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Growth & Infrastructure Act passed

26 Apr 13 Legislation designed to relax certain planning laws and kick-start infrastructure construction received Royal Assent yesterday.

The Growth & Infrastructure Act introduces measures that are intended to reduce red tape and make it easier for housing development and new infrastructure projects to get going.

Among the Act’s provisions are changes to the planning system. Previously agreed Section 106 deals can now be renegotiated if they have subsequently made projects unviable. And permitted development rights are reformed, meaning that may small extension will not need planning permission.

Town and village green legislation is also reformed, removing an overlapping consent process from the registration system that conflicts with the planning system.

Planning minister Nick Boles said: “The Growth & Infrastructure Act is a major landmark for the coalition government. These new laws will reform our economy so it can boost investment, growth and jobs by streamlining a lot of confusing and overlapping red tape that all too often gets in the way of people’s everyday lives.”

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