Will the new government, with a strong majority, finally grasp the nettle and fundamentally reform the planning system?
England’s planning system is still essentially the same as the one established by the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act. It was a very different time in our history, and the act intended to tackle very different challenges to those we face today.
Little social and demographic change was expected - instead, the planning system was expected to be concerned with redistributing both population and economic activity. The countervailing policies of green belt and new towns are a good example of this - constraining expansion in one location to direct it towards another.
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