Planning permission changes heralded in Queen’s speech

Measures intended to increase the supply of housing were announced in this week’s Queen’s speech.

According to the government’s briefing note, these will involve speeding up the time taken for developments with planning permission to be built, including reforming ‘unwieldy procedures and conditions attached to existing planning permissions, whilst protecting environmental safeguards’.

The government also proposes to further reform rules on changes of use to make it easier for empty and redundant buildings to be converted into productive use, thereby supporting brownfield regeneration and increasing the supply of new homes.

Let us just hope this can be done effectively without creating even more complexity in the planning permission system.

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