Planning reform key part of Great Recovery Bill

As the Government releases more details of how it intends to support the country in getting back to work, it seems that planning reform and house building will form a bulwark of the forthcoming Great Recovery Bill.

Big reforms being trailed include moving to a zonal planning system and transferring powers from local authorities to government-owned development corporations.

This comes as a committee of experts, including Christopher Katkowski, Sir Stuart Lipton and Bridget Roswell, were assembled last week by Robert Jenrick to “think about very substantive changes” to the planning system to help kickstart regional economic growth.

The push to put planning reform at the heart of Britain’s recovery is apparently being driven not only by Jenrick but also been a long-held priority for Dominic Cummings.

Doubtless more details will continue to emerge ahead of the Government’s so-called mini-Budget in July but it would seem that some of the most substantive reforms to planning for some time could be on the way.

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