System to be eased after Killian-Pretty

The DCLG is gearing up to put a more responsive planning system in place to bolster economic recovery in the UK.

At the launch of the recommendations from the Killian-Pretty review on Monday, it is thought that communities secretary Hazel Blears will argue that an efficient planning application process will help speed up an economic revival.

Blears is expected to stress that the system must be streamlined and ready so as not to put off investors when the economy improves and development starts again.

The government is likely to announce a capital spending boost for the public sector in the pre-budget report, which will also be released next Monday.

There have been concerns that planning delays could slow the effects of this public spending. New World Bank statistics show that the UK is the sixth most attractive economy to invest in overall, but is in only 61st place in relation to planning and building licences.

The Killian-Pretty review will unveil an ambitious package of measures to create a leaner, faster applications process. It is expected to offer specific advice on making the system less bureaucratic, tailoring information requirements to individual projects and removing unnecessary paperwork.

It will also outline ways to improve the processing of applications at pre-application and post-decision stages and advise on improving the way that elected members, consultees and the wider community are involved.

It is not anticipated that the recommendations will seek to shift the balance of decision-making, remove important safeguards or reduce public consultation.

The government, which commissioned the review from Essex County Council chief executive Joanna Killian and former Barratt Developments chief David Pretty in March, is expected to move swiftly to implement the report's measures in consultation with stakeholders.

Business secretary Lord Peter Mandelson is also likely to welcome the recommendations when he speaks to the CBI on Monday.


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