‘Automatic’ Planning Permission Approval to Speed-Up Building

New homes and hospitals will be granted “automatic” permission to be built as part of sweeping planning reforms in England, the housing secretary says. Robert Jenrick announced a “permission in principle” will be given to developments on land designated “for renewal” to speed-up building.

The changes to legislation allowing for automatic planning permission comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to “build, build, build” as part of a £5bn pledge to kick-start the economy and protect jobs following the coronavirus pandemic. Under the current rules, it takes an average of five years for a “standard housing development” to go through the planning system, according to Mr Jenrick.  

However, these reforms will mean land designated for new homes, hospitals, schools, shops and offices will get automatic permission for firms to start building. These types of properties will fall under the “for growth” category, meaning work will be able to start on the land straight away.