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UK Prime Minister Announces Infrastructure Building Reforms

Infra News - Published on Thu, 02 Jul 2020

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UK Prime Minister Mr Boris Johnson has announced a raft of radical reforms to the planning system as part of efforts to make it easier to build better homes where people want to live. Billed by the government as the most comprehensive reforms to the planning system since the Second World War, the new regulations will give greater freedom for buildings and land in town centres to change use without planning permission and create new homes from the regeneration of vacant and redundant buildings. Under the new rules, existing commercial properties, including newly vacant shops, can be converted into residential housing more easily, in a move to kick start the construction industry and speed up rebuilding.

The changes include:
More types of commercial premises having total flexibility to be repurposed through reform of the Use Classes Order. A building used for retail, for instance, would be able to be permanently used as a café or office without requiring a planning application and local authority approval. Pubs, libraries, village shops and other types of uses essential to the lifeblood of communities will not be covered by these flexibilities.
A wider range of commercial buildings will be allowed to change to residential use without the need for a planning application.
Builders will no longer need a normal planning application to demolish and rebuild vacant and redundant residential and commercial buildings if they are rebuilt as homes.
Property owners will be able to build additional space above their properties via a fast track approval process, subject to neighbour consultation.

These changes, which are planned to come into effect by September through changes to the law, will both support the high street revival by allowing empty commercial properties to be quickly repurposed and reduce the pressure to build on green field land by making brownfield development easier.

The Government say developers will still need to adhere to high standards and regulations, but will be able to avoid unnecessary red tape.

The Prime Minister also announced that work will begin to look at how land owned by the government can be managed more effectively.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 02 Jul 2020
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