Commenting on the publication of the Localism Bill

Ross Smith, head of policy at the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), said that some of the measures contained within the Localism Bill were potentially worrying for businesses in the North East.

 He said: “The aim of the localism bill, to involve local people in decisions that affect them, is certainly laudable.  However, with it comes real potential for added delay and uncertainty in the planning system, and succour for NIMBYism.

 “We urgently need to encourage development to help private sector growth in the North East gather pace. Ministers need to address these concerns to give businesses the confidence to make such investments.

 “While there have been some welcome announcements about tax incentives for communities which back development, NECC members are not yet convinced this will deliver a planning system which proactively supports economic growth.”

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