infraread | built environment insights | uk 04 Mar 2019

Detoxifying the planning process

When redeveloping former hazardous installations the need to remediate the land itself is apparent but what is often overlooked is the need to clean up the consenting position. Sites that once housed hazardous substances will have needed hazardous substances consents ("HSCs") and these can remain a barrier to development even if they are in effect redundant. This article considers the practicalities of revoking HSCs within the context of the planning system's drive to increase housing supply.

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Although the restrictions on developing around hazardous installations are understandable and necessary, the potential for conflict between the existence of an HSC and a local authority's planning priorities is clear.  The housing crisis currently facing the UK exacerbates this problem. Charlie Reid, Senior Associate

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