IEMA’s response to proposed planning reforms

30th July 2021


In June 2021, the UK’s governing Conservative Party lost a by-election in Chesham and Amersham, a seat it had held for 47 years. The principal reasons reported as the cause of this defeat were proposed planning reforms and the promotion of housebuilding on greenfield sites across the south of England.

What are these planning reforms? In August 2020, the government’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) released its white paper Planning for the Future, which promised to mo

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