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What is the planning position for a building within an enterprise zone established under the Thatcher government? Would a business premises built without planning permission in an enterprise zone have breached planning requirements?

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Published on LexisPSL on 19/07/2017

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  • What is the planning position for a building within an enterprise zone established under the Thatcher government? Would a business premises built without planning permission in an enterprise zone have breached planning requirements?

What is the planning position for a building within an enterprise zone established under the Thatcher government? Would a business premises built without planning permission in an enterprise zone have breached planning requirements?

The previous incarnation of Enterprise Zones (EZs) were announced by Geoffrey Howe in his 1980 Budget. They were largely similar to EZs established in the 2011 Budget. Essentially, EZs benefitted from a greatly simplified planning regime; developments that conformed with the published scheme for each zone did not require planning permission. Those controls remaining in place would be abandoned more speedily. See: House of Commons Briefing Paper on EZs for more background on EZs in the 1980s.

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