Government must put planning reform at the centre of its growth agenda

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When it comes to making changes to the planning system, the time has come for ministers to stop talking about it and actually do it, argues Paul Smith

After more than a decade of economic stagnation, last week’s definitely-not-a-budget budget, and the accompanying Growth Plan 2022, was meant to be the first step on the road to delivering economic growth for prime minister Liz Truss and chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng. A lot has already happened since then; not all of it what Truss and Kwarteng had anticipated.

 Their aim is to grow the economy by boosting demand and freeing up the market to increase supply. The actions taken so far – largely comprising sweeping tax cuts – have focussed on the demand side of the equation by leaving more pounds in our pockets. In his statement to parliament, Kwarteng also trailed the accompanying supply-side reforms. Development of all kinds looks set to play a crucial role and that, of course, means planning reform. “We are getting out of the way to get Britain building,” said Kwarteng.

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