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PLANNING
Planning is a critical business issue for all BRC members, large and small, and our membership submits thousands of planning applications every year. These range in scale from large multi-million pound supermarkets to signage changes for local high-street stores.

Governments focus on streamlining the planning process through the implementation of the National Planning Policy Framework has been largely welcomed by the retail sector. As part of the Governments continued work on delivering clarity and simplicity to the planning process additional measures have been proposed. These include:

Consultation on the further reform of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): This is aimed at enabling the Community Infrastructure Levy to be used more effectively and in a more transparent manner.

Consultation on greater flexibilities in class use: This focusses on relaxation of the Use Class Order and Permitted Development Rights to enable swifter change in use in the prior approval process. It includes proposals for relaxation in the permitted development rights for buildings moving from retail to residential uses.
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