POS is outraged at Lord Heseltine's latest assertion that 'countless jobs are tied up in the filing cabinets of the planning machine'. John Silvester, Society Spokesperson, said "this old chestnut is wide of the mark, way out of date and discredited years ago."
Heseltine has suggested planning applications undecided after six months to automatically go before the Planning Inspectorate in a report on UK competitiveness commissioned by Number 10. Heseltine says that planning decisions "are still too often lengthy and bureaucratic". His report calls for the government to "consider on a rolling basis all the possible options to inject urgency and purpose into the planning system".
POS is formulating a response to the report.