Charter aims to speed up completion of building projects in Lincolnshire
THOSE working in both the public and private sectors are being urged to get involved with the creation of a new Development Charter, aimed at speeding up the completion of building projects.
The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which lobbies to improve infrastructure and the conditions for doing business, says it needs private developers and local authorities across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire to join a group which will help shape the rules of the charter.
The idea is to get all parties involved in new projects such as housing, retail or industrial developments (including private developers, local authority planners, highways, utility companies and phone and Internet providers) to work together from the start of a project.
This will help identify potential problems which could slow a project down at an early stage, ensuring that investment into the local economy is employed more quickly.
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The charter will set out an agreed timeline of when all work will be done offering those investing in a new scheme the peace of mind that time and money won't be wasted overcoming hurdles which could easily be avoided.
Richard Hardesty from the Greater Lincolnshire LEP Secretariat said: "We identified that there were several barriers to growth in the Greater Lincolnshire area, two of which were planning and red tape.
"The proposed creation of this charter aims to tackle those issues. It just makes sense that everyone who would be involved in a development at any point would get together at the start of the process, and then regularly throughout, to make sure that any potential problems can be addressed.
"For example, you could have a developer who wants to open a new shop, which will lead to better local services, jobs and investment into the local economy. The shop might get to the point where it is ready to open but then it could be delayed because of the lack of a highways improvement which was required as part of the planning conditions."
Once complete, the LEP will use the charter to identify areas of particular difficulty which it could lobby the Government to change so development is easier in the future.
It is expected the first meeting to discuss the content of the charter will take around four hours, with some follow-up sessions expected. The charter will be developed between the start of February and the summer. For more details email GLLEPsecretariat@lincolnshire.gov.uk