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More red tape to be cut from planning sector

Construction companies and local authorities across the UK may be pleased to hear the government is continuing in its efforts to remove unnecessary bureaucracy from the nation's planning sector.Announced by planning minister Nick Boles as part of the ongoing Red Tape Challenge, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has committed to a phased reduction in its technical planning regulations to just 78 - a 57 per cent reduction from previous legislatorial commitments.Covering all areas of government, the Red Tape Challenge has so far seen the scrapping of commitments across health and safety, pensions, the environment, equalities, company law, employment, agriculture and more, with planning a key area the DCLG is focusing on at present.This latest raft of changes include the consolidation of rules relating to permitted developments, tackling issues regarding overly burdensome requirements on the overall planning process and the cancellation of 38 redundant regulations that are no longer applicable or needed."We're doing what we can to streamline the planning system and remove unnecessary burdens where we can, to create a smooth journey through the building process," Mr Boles commented."By removing unnecessary red tape and consolidating regulations we are able to make the planning process more efficient and accessible, and easier for people to use."Launched in December last year, initial rounds of deregulation were targeted at helping businesses save considerable amounts on meeting legislatorial requirements and to kick-start economic growth. It remains the DCLG's aim to simplify the current planning guidelines, while leaving planning policy and environmental protections unaffected.Results of the Red Tape Challenge so far include the scrapping of paper counterpart for driving licence holders, the removal of 12 articles of overlapping consumer law, reforms to environmental legislation aimed at saving businesses up to £1 billion over five years, a portable criminal records check and a "radical package of employment tribunal reforms" designed to save employers upwards of £40 million a year. 

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