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Planning reform desperately needed for a system in freefall

UKHospitality has continued to call for a faster, streamlined approach to planning, to drive business expansion and growth.

In a speech today [Monday 8 July 2024], the Chancellor Rachel Reeves said the Government intended to put growth at the centre of the planning system.

Our response

Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, said: “It was encouraging to hear from the Chancellor that the government intends to put growth at the centre of the planning system.

“Planning approvals are in freefall, with the level of applications decided within statutory time limits falling every year since 2013.

“Too many hospitality businesses with ambitions to expand and grow are held back and frustrated by the current system.

“Planning reform is desperately needed, to unlock business ambitions and develop local infrastructure.

“The two go hand-in-hand, with many hospitality businesses often finding recruitment challenging due to the lack of housing available, particularly in rural areas.

“Putting growth as a central aim of the planning system can allow hospitality businesses to create new jobs, drive economic growth and contribute to the regeneration and renewal of our towns and cities.”

“Putting growth as a central aim of the planning system can allow hospitality businesses to create new jobs, drive economic growth and contribute to the regeneration and renewal of our towns and cities.”