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.