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Proposed new legislation announced in today's Queen's Speech could have important implications for Registered Prividers. Croftons' Partner, Julie Loggenberg, gives her initial reaction.
"We haven’t even got the current Housing and Planning bill through parliament yet and now this; the new Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill, announced in today's Queen's Speeach.
"Its main thrust obviously sticks to the government's aim to facilitate a speedier development process with streamlining pre-commencement planning conditions which will hopefully assist in cutting down timescales to get on site. But, conversely, giving more say to local communities can actually prevent much-needed development, so this element of the bill is possibly counter-intuitive. How do you please everyone?
"The idea of privatising the Land Registry will impact on large scale land owners including RPs and we need to be careful it doesn’t slip through the back door because it is not seen to be controversial.
"Guaranteeing land ownership via the state is fundamental to our conveyancing system. And whilst there are problems with staffing and service levels at the moment at HMLR it is by no means certain that 'outsourcing' to wherever/whoever (which is what will happen if we are to go by previous experience of such things) will make it any better. The only certain thing is that fees will go up."
National Infrastructure Commission
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