Business leaders have today warmly welcomed the Government’s moves to liberalise Britain’s planning system. Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:
“We applaud the Government’s new reforms of the planning system. The construction industry has been suffering, we need more housing and businesses currently find it too difficult to build new premises, so action to relieve those problems is very welcome. Many companies want to invest and expand, and the system should be encouraging them to do so, not deterring them. The Government is right to revisit this area to take their reforms further. The key to their effectiveness will be in the implementation of the proposed arrangements. We urge the Government to keep open the possibility of a blanket holiday from costly section 106 requirements if necessary”.