The government today unveiled a number of initiatives to deliver a faster, more efficient planning system, which it claims will provide an estimated savings of £124m to business.

The initiatives include a single, national planning application form used across all local authorities, which the government said will save £59m.

Around £38m will be saved ‘through enabling and encouraging businesses to submit planning applications electronically’.

Lastly, £27m will be saved from using ‘more consistent criteria for planning applications’.

The proposals come as part of a government-wide action plan identifying more than 500 ways to reduce red tape that was unveiled by the Prime Minister today.

The government plans will save business more than £2bn in administrative costs in total. The measures, across 19 departments and agencies, have been identified as a result of comprehensive consultation. The aim is to cut administrative burdens by 25% by 2010.