HomeHaus | 28th February 2013 |
Self builders have been given the opportunity to voice their views on Government plans to relax planning laws and make the process more straight forward.
A public consultation on ‘Streamlining the Planning Process’, with a deadline of March 4th 2013, follows a Government initiative last summer which sought public opinion on simplifying applications to planning authorities.
The response to that document indicated wide spread dissatisfaction in the current planning system, with many citing the excessive demands placed by Design and Access Statements (DASs) as a particular hurdle to small scale development. The new consultation document proposes to confine the requirement for DASs to major development applications and ‘schemes where a more detailed explanation of the approach genuinely adds value’.
Planning Minister Nick Boles said: "We are determined to cut away unnecessary burdens and paperwork and provide a simpler, swifter planning system for all. The small changes we are proposing are another step in streamlining an application process that for too long has been weighed down by the need to provide irrelevant information and detail.”
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