Following consultation the DCLG is now proposing to establish a ‘Consents Service Unit’ within the Planning Inspectorate and to make the changes to streamline two sets of relevant regulations. This Unit would help applicants coordinate and negotiate the separate consents that will still be required. The intention is the relevant changes to regulations will come into effect and the new Unit will be operational from April 2013. The department has published a report on the responses to the consultation, containing these plans and intentions.

Note: amendments to the Infrastructure Planning (Miscellaneous Prescribed Provisions) Regulations 2010 will also come into effect on 6 April 2013.