Flexible and simplified consent: implementing the Penfold review

Explains the programme to implement the Penfold review. The government aims to ensure consent regimes operate in a flexible and simple way.


Implementation of the Penfold review.


Explains the programme to implement the Penfold Review.

The government aims to support growth and competiveness by ensuring that consent regimes operate in the most flexible and simplified way possible, whilst delivering the benefits they were established to achieve. The programme includes:

  • scrapping unnecessary development consents and simplifying others
  • reforming the remits and working practices of the public bodies involved in development consents
  • setting a clear timescale for deciding development consent applications
  • and making it easier to apply for development consents.

Follows the Government Response and May 2011 Progress Update.

See also the Implementation Progress Update.

Published 29 November 2011