As published in Property Week on the 6 August.

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The government has released its long-awaited planning white paper, Planning for the Future. Its proposed reforms, including the replacement of Section 106 payments and fast-tracking “beautiful” buildings has been met with a mixed response from the property industry. 

Jason Lowes, Town Planning Partner at Rapleys shares his views on this radical reform.

“Announcements will not change the planning system overnight,” says Rapleys planning team partner

“The proposals are certainly radical, but with planning reform the devil is always in the detail,” said Jason Lowes, partner in the planning team at Rapleys.

“Experience shows it is likely to be some time before one can really judge how much of a game-changer the government’s initiatives will be, particularly as this is a consultation and we don’t know at this stage which measures will be implemented as currently proposed, and just as importantly which won’t.”

“It is likely to be some time before one can really judge how much of a game-changer the government’s initiatives will be.”

“The Government has hailed these proposed changes to the planning system as a means of getting Britain’s construction industry firing on all cylinders and generally encouraging economic recovery following Covid-19. What is clear at this stage however is that these announcements will not change the planning system overnight, as the consultation alone runs to nearly the end of October, and implementation of any measures is only likely to start early in the new year, at the earliest.”

Read the article in full here.

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