Planning reform may actually happen

National Federation of Builders

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick has set out the Government’s ambitious planning reforms ahead of the planning white paper set to be released in spring.


Jenrick set out a number of proposals intended to revive the planning system and get Britain building. Notable announcements included the launch of a brownfield mapping and the proposal for developers to turn disused buildings into homes.


Richard Beresford, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders (NFB), said: “Planning reform has been a long time coming and we’re grateful that it has been taken seriously. As the major rural employers, apprentice trainers and local investors, smaller builders must benefit greatly from reforms and we look forward to working with the Government on ensuring this happens.”


The Housing Secretary stated: “We must think boldly and creatively about the planning system to make it fit for the future, and this is just the first step, so we can deliver the homes communities need and help more young people onto the ladder.”

Other announcements included, £400m to regenerate brownfield land, new rules to build upward, greater community and self building, a December 2023 deadline for local plans, a flood risk review and a reform to the new homes bonus which will reward delivery.

Rico Wojtulewicz, head of housing and planning at the House Builders Association (HBA), said: “After five years of asking the Government to build within communities, map brownfield land, digitise planning and ensure actual housing need is being met, these and other announcements prove that the Government is listening to the wider industry. We have a long way to go but this a great first step and welcomed news.”

National Federation of Builders

The National Federation of Builders is a United Kingdom trade association representing the interests of small and medium-sized building contractors in England and Wales.

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