Strategic planning will be more flexible. Local plans will be slimmed down and updated more regularly while detailed ones will be cascaded down to supplementary guidance. The government is expected to introduce stricter timetables and terms of reference for public inquiries and to reduce debate by having more robust national policy frameworks.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is expected to announce a review of criteria for listing buildings, with a view to limiting the number. The review will be included in an official statement on the historic environment that the DCMS is preparing in response to English Heritage's review Power of Place.