Clearly this will reduce the bureaucracy and make life easier.
Of course it is not that simple, there are lots of considerations and guidelines that have to taken into account.
To help MHDC are producing a revised 'Domestic Development Enquiry Form' which will be made available on the website and the Customer Service Centres.
They will also be briefing the Customer Service Advisors and adding a briefing note on the Councils Website.
They have also produced an interactive householders guide on the Planning Portal. It takes an age to download but it is excellent and links to both the planning regulations and the building regulations.
You can access it here.
Of course if you are in a listed building or in a sensitive area then you still need to pay particular attention and carefully consider the impact of your proposal on others and the area. As many buildings in Castlemorton are in an area of outstanding natural beauty it will still need planning permission. Nevertheless the planners will advise you and these new regulations should make life both easier and cheaper.