McVey eyes extending ‘permission in principle’ for replacing commercial buildings

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McVey eyes extending ‘permission in principle’ for replacing commercial buildings
The government is looking at adapting its ‘permission in principle’ consent route, the housing minister has revealed.

 

In a speech on the government’s planning policies, Esther McVey (pictured) said she was considering extending permission in principle to include demolishing old commercial buildings and replacing them with new residential properties.

She said: “This will be a powerful tool to help councils clear the way for new development and revitalised high streets.”

McVey also promised to shortly set out details of its proposed ‘planning A Team’, a group of experts which the government hopes will help support planning and assist councils in delivering more homes.

She continued: “We will also consult on measures to speed up and simplify the planning process and ramp up supply – delivering on our ambition to reduce planning conditions by a third and freeing up developers so they can get on and build.”

 

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