Planning applications to be streamlined
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From 25 June new rules will mean only major developments, applications in designated areas and listed building consents will require Design and Access Statements.
Proposals to reduce the content of Design and Access Statements, including explanations of certain specific design principles and details of access maintenance, will also be implemented.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published its consultation response on a raft of measures to simplify the process stating:-
“Reducing the number of applications that require a Design and Access Statement would remove the burden on applicants, but it is not considered that this would be at the expense of good design and accessibility. As such, the proposal will be taken forward as consulted on.”
The department also decided to press ahead with plans to remove the requirement for planning authorities to provide a written summary of reasons on decision notices when granting planning permission arguing that planning officer reports and committee minutes already explained the full rationale for a decision.