BPF supports proposals to encourage BIDs to take up neighbourhood planning

The British Property Federation (BPF) has pledged its support for government proposals that will make it easier for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to participate in business-led neighbourhood plans.

Responding to a DCLG consultation, the BPF welcomed the conditions laid out by government which will allow a BID to become a neighbourhood forum. Allowing BIDs to become neighbourhood forums more easily would enable them to implement business-led neighbourhood plans.

Business neighbourhoods are a crucial way in which local businesses and landowners can set a planning and development framework that can generate growth and boost local economies in their area, whilst taking full account of all other local interests.

Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said:

“There are many fantastically successful BIDs in operation, which have united communities and made significant improvements to the public realm. Businesses have a crucial part to play in the neighbourhood planning process, and it is for this reason that we would like to see steps taken to make it easier for them to participate in neighbourhood planning, to ensure that local businesses, as well as residents, get the opportunity to shape their area.”