HSE improved land use planning advice service

A new digital service making it easier and quicker for developers to access land use planning information and advice becomes available today (MON).

The Health and Safety Executive is launching the enhanced pre-application service to reduce the amount of red tape involved in the planning process, which will help business take advantage of commercial opportunities and will aid the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of local authorities. 

The service has been designed to support early and positive engagement using an enhanced pre-application service. Developers and others can now gain increased access to HSE’s assessment tools and techniques, simplifying and speeding up the process. 

Peter Brown, Head of HSE’s Hazardous Installations Policy Division, 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 fee-based service will help business effectiveness and efficiency, will enable better informed planning decisions at a local level and will create greater transparency in HSE’s decisions and operations. 

People can access the new service from 11am Monday 13 July at www.hsl.gov.uk/planningadvice or by calling 01298 218159. 

Notes to Editors: 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk 
  2. HSE is a statutory consultee to local planning authorities (LPAs) on planning applications for Hazardous Substances Consent (HSC) and developments near major hazard installations and pipelines.   HSE’s role is to provide proportionate, transparent and consistent advice to so that planning decisions are informed by a full understanding of the public safety risks arising from an application.  This involves LPAs balancing the need to mitigate the potentially catastrophic offsite consequences of credible major accidents with the:  benefits of and opportunities for broad economic growth, needs of important chemical and other industries and needs of the local community. 
  3. Further HSE news releases are available at hse.gov.uk/press 
  4. HSE Land Use Planning webpage is available at hse.gov.uk/landuseplanning/ 

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/hse-improved-land-use-planning-advice-service/