HSE launches enhanced land use planning advice service

A new service making it easier and quicker for developers and local planning authorities to access land use planning information and advice will be launched from 28 July. 

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

The new service, which allows developers and others to make enquiries related to any plot of land, is introduced on July 28th but will be fully rolled out in March 2015. HSE’s Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) will take on an increased role in delivering advice on planning applications.  

The service is designed to support early and positive engagement using an enhanced pre-application service. Developers and others will gain increased access to HSE’s assessment tools and techniques, meaning that the whole process will be faster and simpler. 

Peter Brown, Head of HSE’s Hazardous Installations Policy Division, said: “The advisory service is being planned and 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 paid for business-facing service will generate increased 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 at http://www.hsl.gov.uk/products/lupa 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. www.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 www.hse.gov.uk/press 
  4. HSE Land Use Planning webpage is available at www.hse.gov.uk/landuseplanning/ 

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2014/hse-launches-enhanced-land-use-planning-advice-service/