To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to streamline the process of planning applications by businesses.
We are taking forward a range of reforms to benefit all applicants, including businesses. We intend to consult shortly on proposals to streamline the information requirements for planning applications, and have also signalled our intention to introduce a 'planning guarantee', that it should take no longer than 12 months to get a final decision on a planning application, including any appeal.
We are working closely with other Departments to implement the recommendations of the Penfold Review, by improving the integration between the planning system and other consents that applicants need before they can complete their schemes. An Implementation Plan was published in November last year.