Greg Clark has proposed an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill which, if granted, may allow developers to choose who processes their planning applications.

Historically, the processing and determining of Planning Applications has been the sole remit of the Local Planning Authority. 

This amendment could break that monopoly, leaving the decision with the LPA but allowing all of the work leading up to the committee to be handled by a third party.

If granted, this could be the single most radical planning reform for many years and it is difficult to imagine quite how the new system would work in practice. 

Trying to come up with a form of outsourcing or joint venture agreement to exploit this amendment could be a very profitable thought experiment for a budding planning entrepreneur.  Perhaps a business plan  worthy of the next season of The Apprentice?