Policy and Legislation

Circular 02/98: Prevention of Dereliction through the Planning System

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Feb 98

DETR 02/98 (20 January 1998)

This circular promotes government policy to tackle dereliction and retain land in productive use. This circular concentrates on the prevention of dereliction and the use of planning powers to prevent decay.

It explains that local authorities have planning powers to require owners to maintain their land properly and that new regulations enable them to place a charge on land to pay for the local authorities to clean up the land themselves.

It describes how restoration and aftercare provisions could be applied more widely than to mineral workings through use of conditions on planning permissions.

Attention is drawn to the role of the Single Regeneration Budget and English Partnerships in local regeneration projects.