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Penfold Review to examine consents for development

Wed 16 Dec 2009

Adrian Penfold, British Land's head of planning and environment, has been appointed to take charge of a new independent review of consents for development.

The Penfold Review, which is scheduled to report back in 2010, will examine the system of consents for development which are made either after or alongside planning applications, such as permission for infrastructure work or the construction of energy plants.

It will ask developers for information on issues such as how they are affected by the administrative burden of seeking consents and whether any investments have been cancelled due to delays caused by the system.

Government officials hope the review will provide recommendations on how to remove bottlenecks from the system and improve the working relationships between agencies.

The study is the first government-sanctioned review on the subject, but forms part of a wider objective to reform and improve the planning and development system - a process which has already seen the Barker Review of land use planning and the Killian-Pretty Review of planning applications take place.

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