The government is consulting on implementation of the Housing and Planning Bill planning provisions and other planning measures. The consultation includes proposals for councils to compete to process planning applications and to be able to offer fast track application services. Applicants would have the option of submitting their plans to the local council, to a competing council or to a government approved organisation that would process applications up to the decision. The consultation also proposes making future increases in councils’ fees for processing planning applications dependent on their performance in terms of speed and quality of decisions. Further details on how the pilots will run will be published after the consultation has closed.
Other measures in the consultation include how a new planning “permission in principle” approach will work in practice, how councils will run brownfield land and small sites registers, speeding up the neighbourhood planning process, improving handling of planning applications with new thresholds for designating councils as poor performers and extending permitted development rights for free schools. A separate consultation seeks views on more housebuilding in London through allowing taller buildings, subject to conditions.
The consultation closes on Friday 15 April 2016.