Today UK chancellor George Osborne made his Autumn Statement, including a number of announcements relating to planning and house building.
James Rayner, planning expert and Director at UK-based architecture, urbanism and design practice, said:
"Of the major housing projects and overall housing numbers that the Chancellor refers to, Barking Riverside, Ebbsfleet Garden City, Bicester and Northstowe have all been in the pipeline for a number of years.
“They aren’t new sites, but instead sites that have stalled as a result of landowner issues, inadequate existing transport infrastructure or a lack of funding for proposed transport schemes.
“While unlocking these sites helps, it doesn't solve the need to find a strategic approach to tackle housing need.
“The numbers mentioned, while notable, won't change the long-term demand for housing and we still need strategic and linked up measures to create more and better liveable places – now and for future generations.
“Speeding up planning decisions and process is a worthy approach, but it doesn’t replace the need for joined up and strategic planning measures and thinking.
“A comprehensive look must be taken at regional supply and a visionary approach pursued to create better cities and communities."
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