The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Labour Proposes Planning Overhaul 

Labour Proposes Planning Overhaul 
10 October 2023

At the Labour Party Annual Conference, Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves proposed changes to the planning system in the UK that will “accelerate the building of critical infrastructure”.

At a speech at The Exhibition Centre in Liverpool, Rachel Reeves pledged to “take on our antiquated planning system”, investing in reforms that would fast-track infrastructure projects such as battery factories and life sciences. She also wants to set clearer national guidance for developers on the engagement and consultation expected with local communities, increase planning capacity across Local Authorities, and raise stamp duty surcharge on non-UK residents.


Industry Reactions 


Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chair Martin McTague said: “The UK requires planning reform.  This is a clear, grown-up policy that will help deliver infrastructure projects we need to stay competitive, return to growth and stop the curse of chopping and changing. In particular, more local planning officers will help small housebuilders and other businesses deliver projects more quickly.

“Strong investment in transport and other infrastructure helps businesses do what they do best - to innovate, grow and provide the jobs and livelihoods central to local communities across the country. Coupled with strong statements on business rates and late payment, this is an encouraging start to the Labour conference as far as small businesses are concerned.”

CPRE Chief Executive Roger Mortlock said: “We desperately need renewables in the right place, but the creation of new renewables infrastructure must be plan-led, have the consent of local communities and not result in the loss of valuable agricultural land. Power lines should be installed underground where practical, particularly in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other protected landscapes. And we need to unleash the untapped potential of rooftop solar which could deliver more than half of our 2035 solar target. 

‘We also need an integrated land use strategy that incentivises greener land use decisions and delivers net-zero and nature’s recovery, as well as tackling the housing crisis.”

Picture: a photograph of Rachel Reeves. Image Credit: via an Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence:

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 10 October 2023


Related Articles

Biodiversity Net Gain Launch Date Announced

New builds will be subject to mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain rules in England from 12 February 2024. Announced on the Department for Environment, Food & Rural...

 Read Full Article
High Performing Buildings – December’s Roundup

In 2023’s final high-performing buildings roundup, ThisWeekinFM reviews this year’s planning announcements.   Watch the...

 Read Full Article
Keir Starmer Calls for Better Treatment for Cleaners at Westminster

In his Labour Conference speech, Keir Starmer promised: “No more cleaners mocked, as they scrub mess off the walls of illegal parties in Westminster”. This...

 Read Full Article
Michael Gove Refuses Planning Permission to Demolish M&S Oxford Street Store

Plans to demolish and rebuild M&S’ flagship Oxford Street store have been refused by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, Michael...

 Read Full Article
New City Planning Guidance Will Require Detailed Carbon Information

Developers in the City of London will need to provide detailed carbon impact figures before submitting an application under new planning guidance. Under the advice...

 Read Full Article
What is Happening With The London Resort?

Proposals for a multi-billion pound theme park in North Kent that was due to open in 2024 have been scrapped – let’s take a look at...

 Read Full Article
Havering Council to Bring Europe’s Largest Data Centre to the Borough

Havering Council’s Cabinet has agreed to move forward with a £5.3 billion plan to bring Europe’s largest data centre to the borough, a major piece of...

 Read Full Article
Plans Granted for M&S Oxford Street Store to be Demolished

Westminster Council has approved plans to demolish the former M&S superstore, amidst a conservation row. The building was assessed for potential protection for...

 Read Full Article
Skanska Wins Contract for 20 Ropemaker Street

Skanska has won a £240 million contract to construct 20 Ropemaker Street in Central London for Great Elm Assets Limited, in association with Old Park Lane...

 Read Full Article
Greenest Building In London Gets The Green Light

Citicape House, featuring Europe's largest living wall has been approved by the City of London.  Under the plans, the project will be developed into a new...

 Read Full Article