Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced the government will re-think the planning system to speed up applications and simplify decision-making processes.
Mr Jenrick described the current planning system as “overly bureaucratic” in comments made this week, and called for reform as a way to help the economy recover following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Jenrick also said that the planning system will be rethought “from first principles”, and is reportedly working on a series of radical planning reforms.
“I want everyone, no matter where in the country they live, to have access to affordable, safe, and high-quality housing, and to live in communities with a real sense of place. It’s time to re-think planning from first principles,” he said. “The time has come to speed up and simplify this country’s overly bureaucratic planning process”.
Mr Jenrick was speaking following the release of a report by the Policy Exchange think tank, which described the current planning system as a “straitjacket”.
What Changes Could be Made?
Press reports this week have claimed that the government is considering the introduction of US-style zonal planning in the UK.
This would see key planning decisions made by local councils divided into sections, permitting automatic planning permission