Penfold Review

13th June 2012

The Red Tape Challenge and deregulation are features of the Government’s drive to rebalance the economy.

At the same time, the Coalition has made fundamental changes to planning guidance and the way that planning decisions are reached. ‘Non-planning consents' - those consents that have to be obtained alongside or after, and separate from, planning permission in order to complete a development, as well as the role of the Regulators in issuing these consents, have been scrutinised by the Penfold Review.

These consents range from Listed Building Consent and Flood Defence Consent, to Environmental Permitting and European Protected Species Licences. Chris Rochfort of consultants MWH examines the future consenting landscape, and the emerging service culture imposed on the Regulatory bodies, using examples from the water and property sectors.

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