There’s been a raft of measures that have been announced by the Government and come into force over the last week, much of which has been overshadowed by the election. However these continue to help deliver the objective to speed up the planning system. Many are wrapped up in the snappily titled Development Management Procedure Order and include changes to the Use Classes Order; planning conditions; permitted development rights for offices and shops and other retail uses. Do these simplify the planning system and make it easier to secure planning permission? Drop me a line and I’ll give you my two penneth.