Planning Applications made easier
It is good news for home owners as new rules, announced on the Planning Portal on 6 June, will mean only major developments, and some applications in designated areas and listed building consents, will require Design and Access Statements.
“Reducing the number of applications that require a Design and Access Statement would remove statutory burdens 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,” said DCLG. This change will come into force on 25 June.
At the same time the Government is introducing a new approach to the validation of planning applications under which the information a local authority requires must be “genuinely necessary” and material to the application.
The department has also decided to press ahead with its plan to remove the requirement for local planning authorities to provide a written summary of reasons on decision notices when granting planning permission.
It argued that planning officer reports and committee minutes would explain the full rationale for a decision. “The summary on decision notices therefore adds little to the transparency or or quality of the decision-making process”.