During this morning’s mini Budget, chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Today our planning system for major infrastructure is too slow and fragmented. The time it takes to get consent for nationally significant projects is getting slower, not quicker, while our international competitors forge ahead.”
He added: “To increase housing supply and enable forthcoming planning reforms, we will also increase the disposal of surplus government land to build new homes.
‘Get Britain building’
“Mr Speaker, we are getting out of the way to get Britain building.”
Kwarteng said that in the coming months, the government will “bring forward a new bill to unpick the complex patchwork of planning restrictions and EU-derived laws that constrain our growth”.
He added: “We will streamline a whole host of assessments, of appraisals, of consultations, endless duplications and regulations. We will also review the government’s business case process to speed up decision making.”
Kwarteng also announced that a list of projects which would be prioritised for acceleration in sectors such as transport, energy and telecoms would be published today.