Please read the HM Government Document;
National Infrastructure Plan 2011
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Here is an extract from the plan which expands on the views which many people have objected to in the Planning System proposed newNational Planning Policy Framework:
Reforming the planning and consenting systems
To tackle barriers in planning, the Government is placing the presumption in favour of sustainable development at the heart of the planning system, requiring a positive approach to be taken to plan-making and to decisions on individual planning applications.
As set out in Chapter 6, as part of implementing the recommendations of the Penfold Review, the Government will:
ensure the key consenting and advisory agencies have a remit to promote
sustainable development as soon as the National Planning Policy Framework is
finalised. This will ensure that these bodies consider the impact of their decisions on
sustainable economic growth and swiftly approve consents when it is appropriate
to do so; and
introduce a 13 week maximum timescale for the majority of non-planning
consents, to speed up the consenting process and give certainty to developers. This
would take immediate effect for Government agencies.
In addition, the Government will:
ensure that there is a more effective mechanism for applicants to obtain an award
of costs, if there is an appeal against refusal of a planning permission where a
statutory consultee has acted unreasonably, through measures to be implemented
in summer 2012. The Government will also improve the performance of the key
statutory consultees in responding swiftly to applications;
build more flexibility into the new major infrastructure planning process, particularly
in the pre-application phase, by summer 2012, as part of a light touch review of
the process responding to feedback from users of the regime; and
ensure that compliance with the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives does not lead to
unnecessary costs and delays to development, while continuing to support the
Directives’ objectives. The Government is reviewing the directives as currently
implemented in England by Budget 2012 and is committed to tackling blockages
for developments where compliance is particularly complex or has large impacts. In
addition, the Government can announce progress on specific projects where
compliance has already proved problematic, including Falmouth Harbour.