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Planning rules could be eased for Tour de France
7:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
Bradford Council is considering whether it will relax planning laws during next summer’s Tour de France.
Harrogate Council has announced a “planning amnesty” for the race’s Grand Depart, which will see it relax laws to make it easier for landowners to set up temporary campsites, caravan parks and car parks without having to apply for planning permission.
It will also cover the display of advertising material linked to the Tour.
Harrogate councillors said they wanted to make it easy for businesses and landowners to help deal with the huge influx of visitors expected for the race, on July 5 and 6, 2014. The Council will not require applications for permission and will take no enforcement action, as long as the temporary use of land is not for more than 28 days and as long as the use does not harm public safety or residential amenity.
Councillor Val Slater, executive member in charge of planning at Bradford Council, said the authority was considering whether to adopt a similar policy to Harrogate, adding: “There is an officer group looking at this, work is being done with residents and parish councils, and we’re holding a number of events to decide how to go forward.”
Councillor Andrew Mallinson, who represents the Craven ward, an important part of the route, said: “The principle sounds very good. The one concern I would have is the cost after the Tour de France of any follow-up enforcement action to return fields to their original state.
"But the idea does give a lot more flexibility for people to do things on a temporary basis.”
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, the group that helped bring the race to the county, said he expected other local authorities to follow Harrogate’s lead.
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