Government mulls ‘planning liberalisation’ in freeports drive

Coastal and inland areas designated as freeports could benefit from looser planning requirements in order to encourage development, the government has proposed.

In a consultation setting out its vision to establish freeports across the country, the government has said “planning liberalisation can help bring more land forward for development, speed up the planning process and allow ports to respond more rapidly to new demands, for example by building new facilities”.

The consultation says that introducing new “planning freedoms” would encourage the construction of new facilities and infrastructure in freeports, with the government considering “a number of measures designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the planning system”. 

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