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CBA writes to Planning Minister regarding new Neighbourhood Planning & Infrastructure Bill

The CBA has written to the Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis, regarding the recently announced Neighbourhood Planning & Infrastructure Bill.

The Bill represents the latest in a suite of planning reforms aimed at speeding up the planning process and increasing the rate of house-building.

Although the Bill's provisions are yet to be set out in detail, the proposal to reform the use of 'pre-commencement planning conditions' commonly used to assess the archaeological potential of a site prior to the granting of planning permission have caused concern amongst the archaeological sector and the public.

There has been a strong response to the Bill from members of the public and the archaeological community, with over 10,000 signing a petition calling for Government assurances that the Bill will not harm archaeological protections, in under four days.

You can see the CBA's initial response to the Bill, which was announced in last week's Queen's Speech, here.

You can read the letter to the Minister by clicking the link below:

CBA Letter to Brandon Lewis re: Neighbourhood Planning & Infrastrucutre Bill (425.3K, .PDF)
CBA Letter to Brandon Lewis re: Neighbourhood Planning & Infrastrucutre Bill

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