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Revised planning regulations welcomed by commercial property agent

Bristol, 11 October 2012 - New measures which grant property developers additional time to get sites up and running before planning permission expires will provide Bristol’s property market with a much-needed boost, according to one of the city’s leading property agents.

As part of the government’s new planning reforms announced last month, developers with existing – but unimplemented permissions, granted on or before 1 October 2010, will now be able to apply for replacement permission for the same development, subject to a new time limit for implementation. The deadline was previously 1 October 2009.

The new measures, announced by Steve Quartermain, chief planner for the Department for Communities and Local Government, will also see these applications subjected to lower fees and reduced levels of bureaucracy and paperwork.
And, according to planners at Jones Lang LaSalle in Bristol (Bath / Exeter), the revised plans will simplify the process for developers to replace planning permissions, helping to promote stability and growth in the Bristol market. 
Catherine Baddeley, planning consultant at Jones Lang LaSalle said: “This is a positive step forward for the Bristol commercial and residential property market as it makes the process far more straightforward and businesses with development plans in place will now have an additional 12 months to keep those plans alive.
“The extent to which the downturn has impacted on the commercial property market has been well documented, with many developments being put on hold due to lack of finance. The Government has recognised the need to inject growth into the domestic market by relaxing planning laws, a move which will encourage many organisations to move their developments forward despite challenging market conditions."