Property, Planning & Construction: Higher ground
The release of the Government's plans for thriving town centres and better design were finally released last month, but will the planning changes really have the desired effect? Simon Ricketts reports
Last month saw the publication of the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Amendment) Order, which brings in some of the main development control changes, including restrictions on mezzanines, the requirement for design and access statements, changed decision periods and the ability for local planning authorities to make local development orders. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) press release trumpets the changes as intended to “promote thriving town centres and achieve better design”. But will they?
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