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Land use planning advice service launched

A service aimed at making it easier to access land use planning information has been introduced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The service, which allows developers and others to make enquiries related to any plot of land, will be fully rolled out in March next year.

The service, which has free and paid for options, is designed to support early engagement using an enhanced pre-application service, which gives increased access to the executive’s assessment tools and techniques, making the process faster the executive said.

Peter Brown, head of HSE’s Hazardous Installations Policy Division, said that discussions with developers and other parties involved in the planning process had shown that getting more detail about a piece of land in advance of purchase helped to speed up the development process and reduce 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,” he said.

Further information is available at from the Health & Safety Laboratory.