Train4TradeSkills News: George Osborne wants to reform planning and create 200,000 construction jobs
Chancellor George Osborne wants to see house building return to pre-war levels, which involves cutting all the planning red tape to make it easier for developers to get projects approved.
Mr Osborne told the Financial Times:
“No-one should underestimate our determination to win this battle.
This is our opportunity to unlock the new investment and new jobs the country needs. We cannot afford to miss it.”
Osborne’s plans would see the planning policy rule book cut from 1,000 pages to just 52 pages, which would shift all the power to housing developers.
Obviously the prospect of creating 200,000 jobs is a good thing, but to do that house building would have to reach 300,000 homes a year, which was the amount of homes being built in the 1930’s before WW2 broke out.
Now I’m sure relaxing and simplifying all the planning laws can only help the house building industry, but expected construction levels to triple in the next few years could be seen as a bit too ambitious.
In 2010 95,445 homes were built in the UK, so 300,000 would be a big reach, particularly as we are still in the midst of a recession.
But what do you think? What effect will relaxing planning laws have? Let us know and share your thoughts and comment below:
Posted on September 5, 2011, in train4tradeskills and tagged construction, construction jobs, construction news, George Osborne, housing news, National Housing Federation, new homes, planning applications, Sustainable development, t4ts, Train4trades, train4tradeskills. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.