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  Planning reforms could ramp up housebuilding

Planning reforms could ramp up housebuilding

2 August 2015 Email this article

Major reforms of the planning system aimed at ramping up housebuilding have been revealed and could lead to a raft of new jobs in construction.

In a bid to boost the number of new homes, Chancellor George Osborne has announced that developers will automatically be given permission to build on suitable disused industrial land.

The measures, part of the Fixing the Foundations initiative aimed at increasing productivity, also include strengthening compulsory purchasing powers so the government can seize more derelict brownfield plots. Whitehall will also be given the power to intervene to fast-track major infrastructure projects that involve new housing if councils fail to act to meet local demand for homes. In addition, a new zonal system will give automatic planning permission on all suitable brownfield sites.

Discussing the plans, Mr Osborne, said: “These latest planning reforms are a vital part of a comprehensive plan to confront the challenge of our lifetime and raise productivity and living standards.”

“This will not be achieved overnight and will require a truly national effort by government, business and working people. But with this productivity plan, I believe that we have taken the vital first step towards securing the prosperity and livelihoods of generations to come.”