‘An effective planning system plays an important role in supporting growth – promoting and enabling the homes, jobs and facilities that communities need, and minimising uncertainty and delay for those proposing or affected by development.’
This is the headline statement made at the beginning of a consultation paper published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, part of the ‘Making the planning system work more effectively and efficiently’ policy by the Planning Minister Nick Boles. You may recall one of my earlier blog entries ‘Sense of Place’, in which I mentioned a speech given by Nick Boles where he advises that the aim of coalition in this area was a country where ‘we build beautiful new urban landscape full of affordable houses surrounded by green spaces’.
The consultation paper is inviting views on the measures proposed to streamline the planning application process, notably simplifying the requirements for design and access statements and improving the validation requirements.
We welcome proposals to simplify the planning process and will carefully review the consultation paper before sending our comments to the DCLG. If you are interested in reading the proposals and providing your own comments, follow the link below.