The Government has signalled it is poised to consult on whether security shutters and other security measures should be permitted development.
The move was highlighted in a letter to local planning authorities (LPAs) from Department for Communities and Local Government chief planner Steve Quartermain spelling out how they should help shops and businesses damaged by the recent urban riots and looting.
He wrote:”Where planning permission is needed, for example, for rebuilding work or new security shutters, I ask that you prioritise the processing of these planning applications. In the majority of cases, officer determination under delegated powers will be appropriate.”
He added: “It is important to ensure that a balance is struck between security and protecting the look and character of our high streets. In addition, the overall street scene should be a welcoming environment at night. In this context, it may be helpful to refer businesses to any planning policies or guidance on shop fronts and security shutters.”
The letter also said: “You may also wish to consider making Local Development Orders to grant automatic planning permission for the installation of security shutters or alterations or extensions to shops.
“Local Development Orders can be prepared swiftly, are flexible in that they can grant permission for specific development in specified areas, and can be time-limited.”
Meanwhile, London Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged major regeneration to transform Tottenham and Croydon, two of the capital’s worst affected areas in the recent riots, following a £20m funding boost from central Government.
18 August 2011