Under Hunt’s proposed new planning service, local authorities will be able to recover the full costs of major business planning applications, as long as they meet faster timelines — if not met, fees are automatically refunded for the application process.
“A prompt service or your money back”, commented Hunt.
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Hunt also pledged £32m to clear the planning backlog to develop housing in Cambridge, London, and Leeds, and £5m to incentivise greater use of local development orders in England.
Alongside this, the chancellor will provide £110m over this year and the next to deliver nutrient mitigation schemes, with the aim of unlocking 40,000 homes.
Additionally, Hunt will allocate £450m to the Local Authority Housing Fund to deliver 2,400 homes, as well as consult on a new PRD to allow houses to be converted into two flats, provided the exterior is not affected.