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Westminster Briefing – Guest Speaker Philip Waddy on Simplifying the Planning System

Earlier this week Philip Waddy spoke at the Westminster Briefing on Planning Policy Reforms Under the New Government in his role as Chair, RIBA National Planning Group.

The discussion centred on measures to speed up the planning system. Dramatic reform is needed to reduce delays in delivering new homes . The briefing focussed on the Governments pledge “to pursue a programme of further deregulation and simplification of the planning system combined with heavy investment in infrastructure. Details include reforms in order to reach the target of 300,000 homes per year by the mid-2020’s, the simplification of the planning system through an Accelerated Planning White Paper and amendments to planning rules to ensure ‘infrastructure first’ before people move into an area.”

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the forthcoming Accelerated Planning White Paper and how it will “streamline” the planning process to increase delivery. Housing need must be met through effective planning and permitted development reforms – but not without ensuring social and affordable housing are prioritised in local plans.

To find out details of other speakers at the briefing, see the attached Order of Business. What are your thoughts on the Accelerated Planning White Paper? What opportunities and risks are top of your ‘order of business’ to discuss?

Get in touch if you would like to talk with Philip, or out team of Planners, Architects, and Urban Designers to find out how forthcoming changes may impact you, your business, and your community.

Westminster briefing – Order of Business

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