BCC warns leaders over framework

Tuesday July 26th, 2011

The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) believes that the Government’s draft Planning Policy Framework ‘must deliver pro-growth reforms’.

Commenting on the new consultation, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “Businesses have long called for greater speed, clarity and certainty in the planning system. Companies will be encouraged to see that the new National Planning Policy Framework explicitly states that yes, rather than no, should be the default answer for planning applications that will deliver local growth and jobs.

“Businesses will welcome the concept of shorter, simpler planning rules, but they need to see more than just a new policy document to regain confidence in the planning system. A pro-growth approach must fast become reality on the ground, with local councils saying ‘yes’ to business growth and expansion far more than they do at present.”

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