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More Tinkering with the Planning System Announced

July 6th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

Posted In: Planning

Planning Minister Greg Clark announced a new range of proposals yesterday which will tinker with the planning system.

Amongst them was news that the Government seems to have finally abandoned its idea that planning fees should be set locally. Instead a fee increase of 15% is being scheduled for the autumn.

Other measures announced include:

  • A consultation (now published) on changes to permitted development rights to widen the range of changes of use which can occur to buildings without planning permission.
  • A consultation (now published) on reducing the amount of information necessary in submission of applications.
  • A consultation (now published) on proposals to improve the performance of statutory consultees in the planning process by ensuring that there is an effective mechanism for applicants to obtain an award of costs where a statutory consultee has acted unreasonably.
  • A change to the declaration on the standard application form so that applicants are asked to confirm that the information provided is, to the best of their knowledge, truthful and accurate.
  • Following on from the publication of the NPPF, a review of the remaining 6000 pages of planning guidance details about which are to be announced at a later date.
  • A consultation later this year on proposals to shorten and streamline the appeal process for all parties later this year.