Guide to the planning system produced to support small businesses

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council has launched a Guide to Planning for Businesses as part of its commitment to helping small and medium sized enterprises, particularly those in rural areas, grow and flourish.

Written with a rural and small business audience in mind, the six-page guide aims to summarise, in plain English, how the planning system works in the East Riding, identifying when planning permission is needed and outline the sort of information that an applicant is likely to need during the application process itself.

The guide is designed to help inform business owners at an early stage of their decision making, recognising this can also save a great deal of time and expense further down the line, and also contains handy links to specific website pages where further information can be obtained.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities, said: “Nationally, the economy is starting to grow again and the council is determined to ensure a robust response is delivered in the East Riding so that our local business community can be part of a recovery that is gaining momentum.

“The council is keen to do whatever it can to remove the barriers that inhibit the growth of our rural and small businesses and this practical and useful guide is one example of putting this approach into practice.”

Neville Martin, development manager for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The Federation of Small Businesses welcomes East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s actions to simplify the planning system. Businesses across the UK have been telling us that planning systems are overly complex and costly and create a barrier for businesses wanting to grow. Research from our ‘Voice of Small Business’ survey panel show that 53 per cent of small firms that have applied for planning permission over the past two years said that the rules and process were overly complex and 38 per cent said that the process had higher costs than anticipated.

“We are concerned that small businesses are put off from investing time and money into expanding because of drawn-out, complicated planning applications. The council’s new guide will help small firms navigate the system and will hopefully lead to more efficient investment in growth.”

The guide is available to view or download from the council’s website. Go to the Rural Partnership page and click on Rural Issues Update link.