Launched today (31 October 2018), the consultation seeks the views on whether to:
require developers to publish relevant information
open a meaningful dialogue with communities and stakeholders
listen to residents and take account of what they say
Developers would then be able to address concerns where possible before submitting final proposals to local authorities.
Early engagement with communities at the pre-application stage would give local people an earlier say on proposals, whilst making developers aware of issues of importance to the community that may need to be resolved through working with the relevant local authority.
It’s part of the government’s commitment to speed up decision making, as it’s recognised that no one benefits from unnecessary delays when determining planning applications.
Those with an interest have until Monday 7 January 2019 to respond.