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POS Welcomes Proposals to Streamline Planning Application Information Requirements

Date: 22/1/2013

The consultation document, Streamlining the planning application process, sets out a series of ways the government proposes to make the planning application process quicker and less bureaucratic. 

John Silvester, Spokesperson for the Society, said "It's good to see that the need for Design and Access Statements are to be based on thresholds; our response to the earlier consultation was that the value of D&A statements for anything less than major development must be questioned and that the requirement for D&A statements for householder developments is difficult to justify."

Silvester added, "in my view if guidance had been available as to what constitutes the minimim information necessary and some good practice examples then thresholds wouldn't be necessary."

As to new conditions on the information local planning authorities can request from applicants Silvester commented "LPAs should always be acting reasonably so there really should be no need to regulate that only material information should be requested."

JDS 280810.jpg John Silvester

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