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Queens Speech – Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill announced

Yesterday’s Queens Speech introduced yet another planning related bill, this time dealing with the following five key issues:

Neighbourhood Planning – measures will be proposed to further strengthen neighbourhood planning and give more power to local people. New Legislation will ensure that local groups get more support from Councils.

Planning Conditions – New legislation is proposed to ensure that pre-commencement conditions are only imposed by Councils where they are absolutely necessary. This will reduce the overuse, and even misuse, of planning conditions, particulary when they cause unnecessary delays to projects.

Compulsary Purchase – Proposals will make the CPO process clearer, fairer and faster for all those involved. A new and clearer statutory framework for agreeing compensation will be introduced.

National Infrastructure Commission – A new independent commission is proposed to provide expert advice on infrastructure issues. The aim is to unlock economic potential across the UK.

Land Registry – The Bill will introduce legislation to privatise the Land Registry. While the Government says the rationale behind this is to modernise the service, no doubt we will see rising costs for land registry searches in the future.