On Friday 13 April, CLG began a consultation on a "light touch" review of the guidance which supports the infrastructure planning regime under the Planning Act 2008.
One of the guidance papers under review is that which gives guidance on pre-application consultation and on the drafting of the development consent order which will accompany the application. One of the review points is the inclusion of advice on the so called "Rochdale Envelope" approach. Arising from the well known Rochdale EIA cases, the approach enables an application (for planning permission as well as development consent) to be framed within defined parameters or extents. EIA can then be informed by those parameters and undertaken on that basis. This ensures flexibility and avoids the need for further assessment - as long as the development is conditioned to remain within those parameters.
The consultation refers us to the National Policy Statement for Energy, which supports the Rochdale Envelope principles and which makes clear that development consent requirements must reflect the parameters under which the proposal has been assessed.
No significant change here - but a valuable reminder of the benefits (and constraints) of the Rochdale Envelope approach, and a useful link to its inclusion within the NPS (which of course survives NPPF).