The ACS has called on government to cut down on red tape for minor planning alterations, such as installation of access ramps into stores as the government consults on planning reform. ACS chief executive David Rae said: "While we need planning restrictions to curb superstore development where it is against the interests of the local community, we need a streamlining of planning processes for routine planning applications." The submission also spells out independent retailers' concerns over out-of-town developments. The ACS paper is one of almost 6,000 received by Detr following the publication of secretary of state Stephen Byers' Planning Green Paper. DETR is to publish a report on the findings gained from the consultation process in the summer. It will then prepare a Planning Bill for discussion in Parliament in November. {{NEWS }}