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PM Boris Johnson has announced plans to build, build, build with the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War, making it easier to build better homes where people want to live.

Mr Johnson says now is the time to be "ambitious" about the UK's future, as he set out a post-coronavirus recovery plan, which will include changes, investment and opportunities for the UK construction industry. To see where opportunities will be for your business, download the Glenigan Construction Industry Forecast for 2020 - 2022 released today.

Planning Reform

Tearing up planning rules to kick-start the UK’s economic recovery.

The PM pledged the ‘most radical reforms’ of planning since WW2 to build ‘faster, greener and better’ and help more people, particularly young people, get on the housing ladder. These new changes are planned to come into effect by September.

Changes to planning rules include:

The Prime Minister used the examples of UK public procurement taking 50% longer than in Germany and UK capital costs typically between 10% and 30% higher than other European projects. In 2018, the UK built 2.25 homes per 1000 people, whereas in Germany it was 3.6, the Netherlands 3.8 and France 6.8.

'Build, Build, Build'

The PM also announced that billions would be injected into public projects such as schools, roads, railways and hospitals for an ‘infrastructure revolution’ to create jobs and fix the economy. The PM promised to ‘build back better and to build back bolder’.

Plans set out in the conservative election manifesto in 2019 will be speeded up and intensified, to deliver the following:

These measures come alongside a package of measures to support home building across England. These include:

More things to come...

The Chancellor is to provide an update on the economic situation next week.

The full national infrastructure strategy, focused on the long-term plans for the country’s energy networks, transport infrastructure, flood defences and waste handling will be published in the Autumn.

To see where opportunities will be for your business, download the Glenigan Construction Industry Forecast for 2020 - 2022 released today.