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CLA Call for Implementation of Penfold Non-Planning Consents Recommendations 2010-07-05

The CLA has backed the Final Report of the Penfold Review on non-planning consents, published today, and called for the Government to put its recommendations into action.

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Non-planning consents cover dozens of areas that affect CLA members, from tree works and protected species licensing to footpath diversion and listed building consent. The Penfold Review was set up by the last Government at the end of 2009 to examine whether the operation of such consents could be improved.

CLA President William Worsley said: "Our 35,000 members generate jobs, provide land and buildings for investment and deliver housing for local people. Non-planning consents usually have genuine public interest justifications, but in practice often work in inefficient or disproportionate ways, delaying or preventing changes which would create jobs or homes, or protect landscape or heritage.

"The Penfold Review has looked intelligently at this complex area and recommended solutions which should deliver real improvements and also - by focusing resources more efficiently - better achieve the objectives of non-planning consents. This approach fits the deregulation priorities of the new Government and we strongly hope that its recommendations will be implemented."

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