Businesspeople recognise that the planning system has an important purpose in shaping our cities, towns and countryside. But from a business perspective the system in its current form has developed into an overly complex, costly, and inconsistent process that discourages investment.

The survey found that there is a high level of inconsistency both within and across local authorities during planning application processes. This inconsistency creates a negative outcome for many businesses who see their expansion plans either discouraged, delayed or denied.