The government’s Plan for Growth, issued alongside the 2011 Budget, announced its intention to simplify and streamline the arrangements for making and determining planning applications in England.
Alongside a cut in nationally-prescribed requirements, which could remove the requirement for details of layout to be specified at the outline applicatuion stage and see a review of the content of Design and Access Statements where these are being provided in support of outline applications, the consultation document proposes:
- "Strong encouragement" for local planning authorities to keep their local information requirements under frequent review
- The amalgamation of standard application form requirements for agricultural land declarations and ownership certificates.
Planning minister Greg Clark said: "Following the simplification of the national planning policy in the National Planning Policy Framework, these proposed changes streamline the process of applying for planning permission.
"Our aim is to have a system that applicants and members of communities can be confident will give a reliable, swift and fair outcome."
Streamlining information requirements for planning applications: Consultation can be read here.