Thinktank urges government to focus on urban planning


Influential think tank says new Housing and Planning Bill should be used to ‘regain initiative’ from Labour

The government should use its last session of parliament to free up planning rules in urban areas and remove the nutrient neutrality blockages currently holding up development, an influential think-tank has urged.

Right-leaning research body Policy Exchange, which was co-founded by the current housing secretary Michael Gove, said the government should use its remaining parliamentary time before the next general election to bring in a new Housing and Planning Bill designed to allow the government to “regain the initiative” on housing from Labour.

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