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  Good news for construction sector as Growth and Infrastructure Act passed.

Good news for construction sector as Growth and Infrastructure Act passed.

29 April 2013 Email this article

Legislation designed to relax planning laws and kick-start infrastructure construction received Royal Assent last month.

The Growth & Infrastructure Act introduces measures that are intended to reduce red tape, making it easier for housing development and new infrastructure projects to get going, and provide a much needed shot in the arm for the construction sector.

For example, previously agreed Section 106 deals can now be renegotiated if they have subsequently made projects unviable. Permitted development rights are also reformed, meaning that small extensions will no longer need planning permission.

Planning minister Nick Boles said: “The Growth & Infrastructure Act is a major landmark for the coalition government. These new laws will reform our economy so it can boost investment, growth and jobs by streamlining a lot of confusing and overlapping red tape that all too often gets in the way of people’s everyday lives.”