New planning laws should try to help communities

The planning minister Nick Boles has said one of largest problems faced by property developers and anyone involved in planning is that there is never really any advantage to those within a community to not object to planning when it happens in their area. As reported in the Telegraph, Mr Boles has said that it is for this reason that the government established the New Homes Bonus scheme back in 2011 and the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy, which is supposed to take these ideas further. Mr Boles suggests that the Community Infrastructure Levy should help those within a community to see that if they allow investment in housing it will mean that there is more budget for the other things that a community requires and campaigns for, such as a new swimming pool or community hall. He also put the onus on commercial property developers stressing that it was their responsibility to make developments more appealing to the communities in which they are to be build. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with commercial property solicitors in Chichester and across the country.