Central Government have today launched their much anticipated ‘Planning for the future’ consultation.
Following the publication the Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick said;
Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
Our complex planning system has been a barrier to building the homes people need; it takes 7 years to agree local housing plans and 5 years just to get a spade in the ground.
These once in a generation reforms will lay the foundations for a brighter future, providing more homes for young people and creating better quality neighbourhoods and homes across the country. We will cut red tape, but not standards, placing a higher regard on quality, design and the environment than ever before. Planning decisions will be simple and transparent, with local democracy at the heart of the process.
As we face the economic effects of the pandemic, now is the time for decisive action and a clear plan for jobs and growth. Our reforms will create thousands of jobs, lessen the dominance of big builders in the system, providing a major boost for small building companies across the country.
Giles Moir, Director at Chapman Lily Planning commented that “we are pleased to see the White Paper has been published following recent press coverage and speculation surrounding the upcoming reforms. We will review the 43 page document with much interest to understand how the proposal will impact our clients future and proposed projects“.