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New homes to receive automatic approval in planning overhaul

  • 03/08/2020
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New homes to receive automatic approval in planning overhaul
Planning permission for housing developments will be automatically approved and renewal projects will receive “permission in principle” to enable “much quicker development”, housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said.


Writing for the Sunday TelegraphJenrick announced a new process to speed up the delivery of new homes and places for growth, renewal or protection. 

Automatic approval will also be extended to hospitals, shops and offices. Protected land will include Green Belt areas and areas of outstanding natural beauty. 

He wrote: “Under the current system, it takes an average of five years for a standard housing development to go through the planning system – before a spade is even in the ground. 

So this week I am bringing forward radical and necessary reforms to our planning system to get Britain building and drive our economic recovery.” 

Jenrick said environmentally friendly homes which will not need to be retrofitted in the future will be developed, as well as homes with nearby green space and open parks. 

The reforms will unlock land and opportunity, provide housing for the vulnerable and bridge the generational divide of ownership, Jenrick wrote. 

He also insisted the reforms would be “cutting red tape, but not standards”.   

These changes come after prime minister Boris Johnson announced plans to build new homes in May to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

However, critics have cited that many thousands of properties are granted planning permission but never constructed.

Homeless charity Shelter warned that relaxing the rules could lead to poor quality properties and added that 280,000 homes received permission in England between 2011 and 2016 but were never built.


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