17 July 2009
WYG Planning & Design, part of the WYG Group, has been appointed by the Communities and Local Government Department (CLG) to advise them on making discharging conditions more efficient, fairer and clearer.
CLG sets policy on local government, housing, urban regeneration and planning to create thriving, sustainable, vibrant communities that improve everyone's quality of life.
David Crichton-Miller, Managing Director, WYG Environment Planning Transport, said: “We have a track record of providing creative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging projects. Our creative and insightful consultants will work with CLG colleagues to identify, define and deliver innovative solutions.”
This issue of discharging conditions was identified as a key area for change in the wide-ranging Killian Pretty Review of the planning system last year. It stated that Government should comprehensively improve the approach to planning conditions to ensure that conditions are only imposed if justified, and that the processes for discharging conditions are made clearer and faster.
The Killian Pretty Review looks to improve process by developing workable proposals for speeding up the discharge of planning conditions and puts forward three specific suggestions:
1.The use of approved contractors to assist local planning authorities to discharge and monitor conditions;
2.The potential for a default approval of a condition, if not decided within a fixed time period; and
3.A fast track appeal process for matters only concerned with the discharge of conditions.
David added: “Our study will look at the costs and benefits of these three specific options in addition to any other possible opportunities for improvement which will include consultation with a range of key stakeholders. We will identify, test and recommend the best ways of improving the process of discharge of planning conditions.”
There is a separate project that is looking at the use and imposition of conditions, led by the Planning Inspectorate.
If you would like to contribute to the study, WYG Planning & Design can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.