Digital land use planning information service launched

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The Health and Safety Executive has launched a new digital service aimed at making it easier for developers to access land use planning information and advice…

In a bid to reduce the amount of red tape involved in the planning process the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new digital service.

It is hoped the advisory service will support early and positive engagement using an enhanced pre-application service. The HSE’s assessment tools and techniques will be available for developers and others to access.

Head of HSE’s Hazardous Installations Policy Division Peter Brown said: “This advisory service has been designed around what users need.

“Discussions with developers and other parties involved in the planning process have indicated that being able to find out more detail about a piece of land in advance of purchase helps to quicken the development process and can also save significant costs.

“By enabling easier and more transparent access to HSE’s Land Use Planning advice, developers and planners will be able to get quick or even immediate answers to queries related to a plot of land they may be interested in purchasing or developing”.

The service, which will be fee-based, will ensure effectiveness and efficiency, enabling better informed planning decisions at a local level. This will create greater transparency in HSE’s decisions and operations.

The service can be accessed via www.hsl.gov.uk/planningadvice or by calling 01298 218159.

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