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Pay More, Get Faster Service from Planning Dept.

A controversial proposal in the London borough of Barnet would create a fast track for developers who pay more for faster service. Critics say this would create an unfair, two-tiered system, where richer developers get more access to government.

Fairness is only one criticism leveled at the idea by those who are familiar with local planning.

"Robert Klaschka, of London-based practice Markland Klaschka, is also dubious about the real advantages of paying more for the 'superior' service – particularly in Barnet.

He said: 'There isn't any real benefit to paying extra at Barnet because at a political level there is too much incentive for councillors to reject schemes."

Full Story: Profession pans 'EasyCouncil' two-speed planning proposals

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Baksheesh for the bureaucrats?

Now there's a centuries-proven concept. I feel so not-with-it to have declined all those friendly offers from well-off exchange students when I worked the college course enrollment tables 30 years ago. Silly me, I really did believe all of that naive nonsense about equal opportunity and a level playing field...

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