6 Aug 2020

Automatic permission for new homes in ‘growth’ areas part of England’s planning laws overhaul

The government has revealed plans for sweeping changes to planning laws in England.

The new system will divide land into three categories, and there will be an automatic permission for new homes in so-called “growth” areas, with local residents unable to block plans.

The housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, says the proposals will give home building a much-needed boost, while critics say “a new generation of slums” might be a side-effect.