HSE launches new service to streamline planning process

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched its new land use planning web app recently at the Hilton London. The new digital service has been designed to make it easier and quicker for developers to access land use planning information and advice. The government agency is launching the enhanced pre-application service to reduce the amount of red tape involved in the planning process, which will help business take advantage of commercial opportunities and will aid the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of local authorities. The service has been designed to support early and positive engagement using an enhanced pre-application service. Developers and others can now gain increased access to HSE’s assessment tools and techniques, simplifying and speeding up the process. Peter Brown, head of HSE’s hazardous installations policy division, said: “This advisory service has been designed around what users need. “Discussions with developers and other parties involved in the planning process have indicated that being able to find out more detail about a piece of land in advance of purchase helps to quicken the development process and can also save significant costs. “By enabling easier and more transparent access to HSE’s land use planning advice, developers and planners will be able to get quick or even immediate answers to queries related to a plot of land they may be interested in purchasing or developing”. HSE says that the fee-based service will help business effectiveness and efficiency, will enable better informed planning decisions at a local level and will create greater transparency in its decisions and operations. Further information on the new service is available at: information:www.hsl.gov.uk/planningadvice


Safety & Health Practitioner, 13 July 2015