The Government is to make it easier for developers to build houses and property extensions by reducing the number of planning rules by more than half, MPs were told today.
Planning Minister Nick Boles said the Government would cut the number of regulations from 182 to 78 - a reduction of 57%.
In a written ministerial statement, he said the rules on developments were being consolidated, while there would be a cut in the number of regulations on major infrastructure projects and schemes dealing with hazardous materials.
Mr Boles, who was recently criticised by Tory MPs for the Government's planning policy, said the changes were the result of a consultation.
He said: "We received around 150 comments in response to our consultation, which we have carefully considered in developing our proposals.
"Of the 182 regulations on which we consulted and following a rigorous challenge process, we propose, through a prioritised and phased programme, to reduce the overall number of planning regulations to 78: a reduction of 57% .
"Alongside this programme of further simplification, we will also develop and bring forward later this year additional measures to streamline and improve the end-to-end planning process to address other issues raised through the consultation, including reducing delays in getting development underway on sites caused by planning conditions."