Published: 8th Oct 2020

A cross-party group of MPs has launched a new inquiry to investigate the  government’s controversial proposals to reform the planning system. The government revealed its plans to reform the planning system in August, after claiming the current system ‘sluggish’ and ‘outdated’. But some of the proposals have met with fierce criticism from some Conservative backbenchers and the Local Government Association. Now the housing, communities and local government committee has launched a new inquiry to investigate the proposals. The inquiry will examine how well the proposed reforms would support the government’s wider building strategy, including its target to build 300,000 new homes a year, as well as ensuring high quality construction that is fit for purpose. It will also examine how well the new proposals protect existing buildings or localities and provide mechanisms for local engagement in the planning system. ‘The planning process has an important role in meeting a number of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)