Dominic Cummings and Jack Airey, two of Boris Johnson’s key advisers, have made no secret of their disdain for the UK’s planning system. It has been widely trailed that some far-reaching reforms are in the pipeline, with a planning policy paper expected to be published at some point this month.
On the 30 June, Boris Johnson’s ‘Build Build Build’ speech set out the Government’s aspirations for economic recovery from COVID-19. Johnson outlined that we will “build back better, build back greener, build back faster”. Also, that the Government’s investment across a variety of sectors will be underpinned by “the most radical reforms of our planning system since the end of the second world war”.
However, if the measures set out by Government are a taste of what is to come, the reforms to the planning system may be less radical than initially expected.
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