planning delays

Planning Delays Slow Business Growth says FSB

Britain’s expanding small companies are being held back by the ongoing failure of the planning system, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Its latest Voice of Small Business survey finds that 69% of small businesses have to wait more than the maximum eight weeks allowed by ministers for local authorities to decide on most planning applications. And less than a third of all applications (30%) were decided within the allocated timeframe — despite Government promises of a faster and fairer planning system. The delays cannot be blamed on complex planning applications says the FSB — one-third of applications were for a change of use of existing business premises and a quarter were for minor improvements and changing signage. Less than a third of applications... »