The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched its new planning advice web app today (13 July 2015). The new digital service has been designed to make it easier and quicker for developers to access the HSE’s assessment tools and techniques for the planning industry, thereby simplifying and speeding up the process.
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.
Peter Brown, Head of HSE’s Hazardous Installations Policy Division, said: “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.
To access the new service, click here www.hsl.gov.uk/planningadvice