The consultation on simplifying the process of applying for the stopping up and diversion of a highway for property development purposes closed on 24 August 2012. Currently only option 1 – the speeding up of the process by allowing stopping up and planning applications to run concurrently – is being looked at. The option of devolving decision-making to the local authority level is not far behind and responses and proposals for this are expected to be published by the end of November.

http://www.dft.gov.uk/ consultations/dft-2012-36/