22 June 2020
Plans to get Britain building again
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that a suite of measures will be introduced to get Britain building again during the coronavirus pandemic. Planning permission deadlines will be extended, planning appeals will be sped up and builders will be allowed more flexible working hours following agreement with their local council.
New measures will also permanently grant the Planning Inspectorate the ability to use more than one procedure – written representations, hearings and inquiries – at the same time when dealing with a planning appeal, enabling appeals to happen much faster.
The measures are designed to enable faster agreement to flexible construction, making it easier to follow public health guidance onsite. By staggering builders’ arrival times, public transport will be less busy and the risk of infection will be reduced. Read more about the measures here.
At IMS we consider the changes to be part of the suite of changes that will transform the construction industry as we move toward the new normal.