Myths and half-truths are plaguing the debate about planning reform

Paul Smith CROP

Those opposed to government proposals are exploiting a natural nervousness about change, says Paul Smith, but this is no developers’ charter

The row over planning reform rumbles on. But, while the government considers how to tackle it, those opposed to development are filling the vacuum with misconceptions and half-truths, labelling the proposals a “developers’ charter”. The same charge has been levied at every set of planning reforms during the past 20 years.

The UK planning system is undeniably one of the main causes of the housing crisis through the way it rations the supply of land with planning consent. Although the government believes we need at least 300,000 homes a year, England’s local plans are aiming to deliver just 190,000.

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