The best thing about the autumn statement was that it said little about planning

Paul Smith CROP

The silence around planning reform last week might just indicate that it will actually happen, writes Paul Smith

In recent years, politics has been dominated by single issues; first Brexit and then the pandemic, and now - faced with rampant inflation, rising interest rates and a recession - the economy looks set to take centre stage.

When Jeremy Hunt stood up to deliver his autumn statement last week, he created headlines about spending cuts and tax rises. But economic growth was also central to his message - essential, he said, “to sustain our public services and avoid a doom loop of ever higher taxes and ever lower dynamism.”

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