Labour manifesto promises planning overhaul

The Labour Party has promised to overhaul planning rules and fund infrastructure in a bid to revive the economy.

In a 132-page manifesto published ahead of the 4 July general election, the Labour Party pledged to shred planning constraints for infrastructure and housing, adding that it would reform delivery of infrastructure and use its muscle to ensure 1.5 million homes are built.

Elsewhere, the party, led by Keir Starmer, promised to set up Skills England, which it said would bring together business, training providers and trade unions to develop a new workforce; the party pledge to create 650,000 extra jobs in green energy by 2030. Labour would also consult on the forthcoming Growth and Skills Levy, which is set to replace the Apprenticeship Levy, to “ensure qualifications offer value for money”.

Labour said it would also “take action to ensure small businesses and the self-employed are paid on time”, adding that it would “retain a permanent full expensing system for capital investment and the annual investment allowance for small business”.

Planning and housing

Labour pledged to overhaul planning laws, which it said “act as a major brake on economic growth”.

The party said it would build 1.5 million new homes over the next five-year parliament, restoring mandatory housing targets and “making full use of intervention powers to build the houses we need”.

The party pledged to build a “new generation of new towns” and to strengthen planning laws to require all developments to provide more council homes. That would provide the “biggest increase in social and affordable housebuilding in a generation”, Labour said.

The party said it would take a “brownfield first approach” to building homes, but added it would “take a more strategic approach to greenbelt land designation and release to build more homes in the right places”.

Labour also pledged to increase stamp duty by 1 per cent on all homes bought by non-UK residents, which would raise £40m. Half of that will go towards appointing 300 new planning officers across the UK, it said.


Source: Construction News

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