The planning guarantee was announced as part of the government’s plan for growth on 21 March 2011, alongside a number of other proposals to streamline the planning application process and related consents. Further details of how the guarantee is intended to operate were set out on 29 July 2011.
In principle no application should spend more than 26 weeks with either the planning authority or the Planning Inspectorate if the guarantee is to be met. This monitoring report sets out planning authority and Planning Inspectorate performance against a 26-week target.
The government is considering what further measures may be necessary to support the operation of the guarantee, including any additional reporting requirements.