Regulations that will help turn old and derelict industrial land into new housing have been welcomed by a leading Midlands property lawyer.
Jennifer Hicks-Jones, an associate at law firm mfg Solicitors, has widely backed the Government move to make councils in England publish a list of “brownfield” land by the end of this year – making it easier for developers to identify land ripe for re-investment.
Jennifer, a respected commercial development specialist, says:
“The Brownfield Land Register rules came into force on 16 April and means that by 31 December 2017, every local planning authority must have prepared and published a register.
“The aim of these Whitehall-led rules is to make it easier for developers to obtain planning permission to turn ugly, derelict land back into something useful, especially housing or business use.
“By turning eyesore sites into new housing, the changes can tackle the shortage of homes and refocus attention towards land that has previously been developed.
“This is a big step as not only will it help meet the growing need for new homes here in the Midlands, but it should also make getting planning permission simpler.
“Although the process will be easier, there will still be lots of boxes to tick so I’d urge developers to take legal advice early.”
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