The Local Government Association (LGA) has welcomed plans to welcomed plans to speed up the planning process announced in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech denied the current system was a barrier to housebuilding.
Cllr Peter Box, planning spokesman at the LGA, said councils approved almost nine out of 10 planning applications and the number of homes being given the go-ahead by local authorities during 2015 was the highest since 2007.
He said: ‘There is little evidence to suggest development is being delayed by planning conditions.
‘They provide a vital role, enabling planning permissions to go ahead which would otherwise be refused or delayed while the details are worked out.
‘They can also save developers time and money