Business rate boost for planning teams

Planning minister Greg Clark has told councils that they could receive a financial boost through measures that would allow them to keep the business rates raised in their areas if they invest in their planning teams.

He said that local areas with councils that have efficient planning departments would be attractive to overseas businesses seeking to relocate in the UK. He suggested that Councils that ensure their planning departments are sufficiently resourced could therefore reap financial rewards through the revamped business rates system.

Read Jamie Carpenter's article in Planning, 13 October