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Boles launches on-line planning tool

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The government has launched a trial version of the on-line tool it wants to replace its current ‘complex and repetitive’ folio of planning rules.

The national planning guidance system will bring ‘much-needed simplicity and clarity’ to the planning system, the planning minister Nick Boles claimed yesterday.

The ‘easy to use’ system sets out ‘guidance’ on a range of issues. This aims to discourage authorities from taxing residents for parking on driveways; end ‘aggressive anti-car’ traffic calming measures like speed bumps and boost housing for older people, among other things.

Mr Boles said the simplified system would ensure that planning was no longer the preserve of “technocrats, lawyers, and council officers”.

“To be effective our planning system needs to be supported by practical guidance that anyone can consult and follow”.

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  • Roger

    Simplification of a complex, confusing and often contradictory system. There's only one negative in that description - contradictory, so that does need sorting out. Complex yes, because planning is a complex issue and needs to be given how much it can impact people's lives. Confusing yes, because of its complexity is just like the legal system, in both, without some knowledge and understanding, even the handbook for your new flat screen TV is confusing. Dumbing down a complex system, is not the same as producing an idiots guide. Unfortunately, Nick Boles only seems to be keen on dumbing down planning.

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