The Government's plans for growth
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new deal aiming to put jobs and infrastructure at the center of the government's economic growth strategy.
It’s set to be the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War, making it easier to build better homes in more desirable locations.
The new regulations will make it more accessible for buildings and land in town centres to change use without planning permission. They will also aim to regenerate vacant and redundant buildings and properties into new homes.
Johnson says “We will build, build, build. Build back better, build back greener, build back faster and to do that at the pace that this moment requires”
These changes are due to come into effect by September with a particular aim to support high street revival by allowing empty commercial properties to be repurposed at a faster rate, therefore, reducing the pressure to build on greenfield land by making brownfield development easier.
Other funding the government has set forward are:
Starting from 2021 a ten-year school rebuilding programme is set to begin with a £1bn fund for the first fifty projects.
£83m has been put forward for the maintenance of prisons and youth offender facilities, and £60m for temporary prison placements.
The government are also set to reforest Britain by planting over 75,000 acres of trees every year by 2025. With roughly £40m to boost local conservation projects and create 3,000 jobs including new conservation rangers, and safeguard a further 2,000 training young people and locals in communities to protect their local environment.
The aim is to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and protect national wildlife and biodiversity.
As well as the positive impact it will all potentially have on the environment, the new regulations and funding will also expand the construction industry creating new jobs to thousands.