Published: 8th Aug 2019

As we wrestle with one of the most protracted housing crises in living memory, the government faces calls from many quarters to stop changing the planning system. If it does, it would create the much sought-after stability that is so desperately craved to prevent delay, procrastination and uncertainty in local planning, writes Joe Ridgeon, director at Hedley Planning Services. A damning report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recently warned MPs that government needs to tackle ‘inherent problems at the heart of the planning system’ to have any hope of reaching its ambitious goal of building 300,000 homes a year. The report claims the Department for Housing ‘simply does not have the mechanisms in place to achieve the … target’ and urges ministers to set out their plans to boost building rates by October. The number of new homes built has recovered from a dramatic slump following the financial crisis … (To read the full article, subscribe below)