The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2012 comes into force on 1st December 2012.
The reasoning behind the new order is sound; however, John Silvester, POS Spokesperson, said "this smacks of more red tape, not less; and it won't be easy to comply with when local authorities receive a wholly unacceptable application."
Article 31 of the DMPO provides for local planning authorities to give applicants a notice of the decision or determination and includes requirements as to those notices. The effect of the amendment in article 2(3) is to require the local planning authority to include in those notices a statement explaining how they have dealt with the application in a positive and proactive manner based on seeking solutions to problems arising in relation to dealing with a planning application.