The Killian Pretty review was an independent investigation which aimed to assess how the planning system could be improved.

The report was published in November and included a number of recommendations. The Government has now published its response. It acknowledges that the planning system needs improvement as it has not been operating in the way intended following the last review.

The key actions which are proposed to be addressed are:

  • extending permitted development 'rights' to reduce the need for small scale applications
  • refining the information requirements for applications
  • reviewing ways in which minor amendments to approvals can be allowed without the need for a further application
  • reviewing guidance on planning conditions to allow a quicker process for the discharge of conditions
  • clearer and more concise national planning guidance
  • improved pre-application stage process
  • reducing the time taken to negotiate planning obligations under section 106 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (including a review of the model agreement prepared in conjunction with the Law Society and contained in Circular 05/05).