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Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013

As of yesterday, the Growth and Infrastructure Bill has finally completed its passage through Parliament and became the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013.

A number of sections of the bill have come into effect immediately, whilst others will not come in until the 25th June 2013, 2 months after royal assent, or when the Government introduce ‘Commencement Orders’.

As an overview, the key issues which are included within the Act are:

APPLICATION VALIDATION REQUIREMENTS:

Local authorities are now restricted to only require reasonable additional information relating to planning applications (Section 6);

DECISION MAKING:

The Government will be able to direct that certain planning applications for local authorities (poorly-performing) can be made directly to the Planning Inspectorate (Section 1);

The Mayor of London’s planning delegation powers are amended (Section 28);

APPEALS:

The powers to award costs for Planning Inquiries are expanded (Sections 2 & 3); and

HOUSE EXTENSIONS:

The proposal, announced last Autumn, to allow much larger extensions via Permitted Development, has now been downgraded – to a prior notification procedure requiring neighbour consultations for house extensions (Section 4).