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August 2017

Special measures criteria change

From next year, the government’s special measures performance regime is set to be tightened in a change intended to see local planning authorities penalised in instances where more than 10% of decisions over a two-year period are overturned on appeal.

Under the revised criteria for designation, a local planning authority will be eligible for designation where 10% of its total number of decisions made during the two year assessment period are subsequently overturned on appeal. In December 2016, the government said that the revised threshold will apply from the 2018 designation round, and to non-major decisions as well as major applications.

Under the special measures regime, councils designated as under-performing face the prospect of developers bypassing the council and seeking planning permission directly from the Planning Inspectorate.

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