The new Planning White Paper, also published last week, sets out the Government's detailed proposals for reform of the planning system.

Download the report and read about the accompanying consultation from the CLG website: http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1510503

The Government intends the Paper to lead to ‘a better, quicker system to decide major infrastructure projects with enhanced community engagement and an improved level of expertise; a simplified local planning system for householders; a greater role for planning in tackling climate change and a planning system that supports vibrant town centres.

A coalition of NGOs, including Friends of the Earth, CPRE and the new economics foundation, are not so sure. See http://www.planningdisaster.co.uk for their response.