An Independent Review of Non Planning Consents has today been launched. The Review will be led by Adrian Penfold, Head of Planning and Environment at British Land, and will be supported by a team located within Better Regulation Executive of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Government has active work in progress to streamline the planning applications process (following the Killian Pretty review last year). However, there is a perception that obtaining consents which do not form part of the planning process – for example compulsory purchase orders, highway consents, listed building consent, authorisation for pipeline construction and environmental consents for water, waste, and air quality – causes delays and uncertainty for business and holds back investment.
We would like to gather evidence to assess the role that non-planning consents play in investment decisions and explore the end-to-end journey to identify bottlenecks in the process that cause delays or impose additional burdens.