Property owners are often involved in planning applications and so they will be interested in the Government’s ideas for reforming it. The draft National Planning Policy Framework has just been published for consultation. This is part of planned reforms to make the planning system less complex and to promote what the Government calls “sustainable growth”.
The Government is aiming to reduce the national policy to a document of 52 pages- down from over 1,000 pages at present. Planning minister Greg Clark said: ” Clarity in planning has become lost in translation. National planning and central government guidance has become so bloated that it now contains more words than the complete works of Shakespeare. We need a simpler swifter system that is easier to understand”