DEFRA promises coastal planning coordination

A “coastal concordat” signed by multiple departments and regulators will see greater regulatory coordination for new developments

Ministers have promised a simpler system of regulatory approvals for English coastal developments.

They hope a new ‘coastal concordat’ will see greater coordination between regulatory agencies and planning authorities.

Business minister Michael Fallon said: “Overlaps between land-based and marine planning regime requirements can cause confusion, costs and delays for business.”

Under the deal developers should have a single point of contact to handle all regulatory requirements. A lead authority would coordinate Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulations requirements.

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