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Planning reforms ‘will upgrade tech’ and ‘consult communities from the start’, vows Jenrick

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s planning reforms promise that communities will be consulted from the beginning of the planning process; that every area will have a local plan in place; and that there will be a simpler way to secure developer contributions as the government ensures the ‘sluggish’ planning system provides housing for families, key workers and young people.

Proposals in the government’s long-awaited planning white paper should make the consultation process more accessible by harnessing the latest technology, deliver homes by ensuring that local plans are in place within 30 months rather than seven years, and guarantee that new homes are “zero carbon ready”.Changes to the system, the government explains, would be a “major boost” to SME builders. ........
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