The Planning Officers Society has risen to the challenge laid down by the new Government and submitted suggestions to cut excessive red tape in national and local government.
In its letter to Eric Pickles the Society said "We welcome the initiative to reduce the burden of unnecessary regulation, both as part of our ongoing commitment to providing a more efficient and accessible planning service to our customers, and because it could help us in delivering your localism agenda within the tight financial constraints in which we now find ourselves."
Fifteen areas of planning which might benefit from de-regulation have been highlighted in the submission. Stuart Hylton, who compiled the list for POS, said "This is just the start of the debate. The Society will be looking right across the planning service for other ways of making it more streamlined and accessible".
Stephen Tapper, Society President, commented "we have expressed our willingness to discuss these suggestions with the Secretary of State or with his department if that would prove helpful."
Stuart Hylton, POS South East Region Convenor