Press release

11 May 2021 London, GB

Queen’s Speech: the biggest shake-up to planning rules in a generation

Queen’s Speech: the biggest shake-up to planning rules in a generation

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Russell Gardner, EY UK & Ireland Head of Real Estate, comments on Queen’s Speech and the forthcoming Planning Bill:

“The Government wants to drive significant deregulation as a catalyst for greater home ownership across the whole country, which will be welcomed by developers and homebuyers. If it holds true to the 2020 White Paper which trailed it, the Planning Bill is going to the biggest shake–up to planning rules in a generation. The Bill is expected to reduce the ability of local councils to scrutinise individual planning applications on land approved for development – this may prove to be good news for reducing the impact of Nimbyism, but may draw concern over the loss of local democratic process. A careful balance will need to be struck.”