Published: 30th Sep 2019

Robert Jenrick has announced plans to reform the ‘outdated, contradictory planning system’ as part of his speech to the Conservative Party conference. The housing and communities secretary told delegates today (September 30) in Manchester that he wanted to ‘follow in the footsteps of Conservative reformers’ and ‘get this country building’. ‘I’m announcing new freedoms, including to build upward so that your home can grow as your family does too,’ said Mr Jenrick. ‘Reducing conditions, speeding up consent. Better funded local planning in return for efficient service. The beginning of a planning revolution. ‘Thirdly, no new home will be built in the country from 2025 without low carbon heating and the highest levels of energy efficiency,’ he added. Mr Jenrick also announced the first national design guide for homes, which an emphasis on green infrastructure and said he would also ask every community to produce their own. He said the new … (To read the full article, subscribe below)