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”.