Building on this progress, the government will take further measures to speed up the en dto-end
planning process, including:
• taking forward measures to ensure that the principle of development need only be established once, to give greater certainty and allow locally-supported development to proceed more quickly
• taking steps to speed up section 106 negotiations, including revised guidance, consulting on a faster process for reaching agreement, and considering how timescales for agreement could be introduced, and improving transparency on the use of section 106 funds
• keeping the speed of decisions on major applications under review, with the minimum performance threshold increasing to 50% of major decisions on time as performance continues to improve
The first is most radical. It must being going beyond outline consents towards a system whereby once land is allocated in a local plan it is granted outline consent. We have been saying on this site for many months that we are gradually moving towards the swifter delivering continental zoning and subdivision system. This will be the most genuine and major planning reform since 1948 (excluding the massive retrograde moving the deckchairs of the NPPF).