Published: 1st Jul 2020

Local government leaders have delivered their verdict on the prime minister’s latest speech, in which he promised to ‘build, build, build!’. Boris Johnson delivered a wide-ranging speech yesterday (30 June) in which he unveiled ‘a new deal for Britain’, which included pledges to build more homes and fix social care. He also confirmed the government would simplify the planning system to allow existing commercial properties, including newly vacant shops, can be converted into residential housing more easily, in a move to kick start the construction industry and speed up rebuilding. The president of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT), Nigel Riglar, said it welcomed the fovernment’s intention to invest in construction, broadband and cycleways, and particularly in renewing school buildings. ‘However, we have seen some of this funding announced before and we wait to see more detail in how we can build back clean and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)