Truss must pursue an ‘infrastructure first’ approach to speed up housing delivery

Andrew Williams (002)

We need a more holistic, less adversarial planning system and Liz Truss’ support for deregulated investment zones may be a good start, writes Andrew Williams

Practically every senior role in the political administration of the country is now new to their role.

With a new prime minister and a new housing secretary, we could see some significant changes affecting planning and development.

But will we? We know from the way in which the 2020 planning white paper was received that policy so progressive is politically toxic, and so unlikely to lead to success in the next general election. And the draft Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill – a substantially watered-down substitute - has made fairly smooth progress through the commons. Once enacted, we predict a relatively uncontroversial, and unremarkable, impact on planning and development.

In reality, the post-pandemic aftermath, war in Ukraine, fuel crisis and potential recession are probably higher on the new prime minister’s agenda than substantial reform to the planning system.

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