The government has promised to "free developers from burdensome regulation" in its response to the Penfold review of non-planning consents. Business minister Mark Prisk and planning minister Bob Neill said the government will take immediate steps to cut red tape and make sure that those responsible for these consents are sharing best practice.
The key conclusions of the response are:
- in line with the commitment to a 'one-in, one-out' approach to regulation, the government will seek to simplify some existing consents where other new non-planning consents are proposed, to make sure that the overall burden on developers does not increase;
- ministers will consider how consents might be streamlined and simplified to make the process simpler and reduce the red tape on businesses; and
- BIS and CLG will work with other government departments to drive forward these changes, and will provide an update on implementation in the spring.
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