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Streamlining the Planning Application Process

Further measures designed to streamline the planning application process have been put out for consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Proposed measures include reinstating an applicant’s ability to challenge the information necessary for an application to be valid, and removing the need for councils to list their reasons for granting consent. Other proposals include removing the requirement to provide design and access statements for minor applications.

Planning Minister Nick Boles said: “We are determined to cut away unnecessary burdens and paperwork and provide a simpler, swifter planning system for all. The small changes we are proposing are another step in streamlining an application process that for too long has been weighed down by the need to provide irrelevant information and detail.”

Link to access the Governments consultation page