DCLG, Technical consultation on planning, July 2014

On the last day of July the Department for Communities and Local Government issued its consultation on a "bumper crop of measures" aimed at speeding up and simplifying the planning process including proposals to:
 

  • amend the current regulations that will make the neighbourhood planning process simpler and speedier;
  • expand permitted development rights;
  • improve the use of planning conditions;
  • improve engagement with statutory consultees;
  • raise the environmental impact assessment screening thresholds for industrial estate and urban development projects which are located outside of defined sensitive areas; and
  • improve the nationally significant infrastructure planning regime.