The arrival of a new Prime Minister in Number 10 at a time of significant uncertainty in the UK could have major implications for the proposed changes to planning legislation. But will the reforms be put on the back burner, or prioritised to promote stability?
The UK's vote to leave the European Union has thrown funding arrangements for major infrastructure projects into doubt, with uncertainty over EU regional aid likely to provide objectors with ammunition to challenge local plan targets, experts have said.
The UK's exit from the European Union is viewed by some as an opportunity to speed up development proposals by reducing procurement red tape, but observers say that the government may have little appetite for ripping up the rules.
Councils are coming under growing pressure to review their housing numbers following the vote to leave the EU, but consultants give short shrift to the idea that Brexit will mean fewer homes need to be built.
EU referendum aftermath
Britain voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016. This page contains detailed coverage of the planning implications of the Brexit vote.
Commentators have expressed concern about the potential impact of Brexit on development and the built environment, David Dewar asks planners on the ground what effects they have seen so far.
How will globalisation affect local planners in the Trump and Brexit era? On the one hand, there have been suggestions that we will see lower economic growth and reduced demand for housing if government seeks to restrict immigration numbers.
Why are universities and younger people so upset about the vote to take us out of the European Union? During the referendum campaign I don't recall hearing much about INTERREG or ERASMUS+, yet these EU programmes have been integral to the lives of researchers and students for years.
With all local leadership teams desperate to attract and retain high growth companies in their area, the May publications of the London Stock Exchange Group's (LSEG) "1000 companies to inspire Britain", and the "EY UK Attractiveness Survey 2017" are well worth a read.
With the housing white paper and the industrial strategy green paper, government set out clear strategic expectations on local government in general and planning services in particular.
Two consultation documents, published recently by the devolved Scottish and Welsh governments, serve as a reminder that Britain will remain a full member of the European Union (EU) for some time to come, despite June's vote in favour of Brexit.
- Planning Consultant Macdonald & Co London (central)
- Principal Planner (Development Management) Fareham Borough Council Fareham, Hampshire
- Director of Planning and Regulatory Services Maldon District Council Essex
- Senior Planner Durrants Ltd Diss, Norfolk
- Principal Planning Officer (Policy) Bracknell Forest Borough Council Bracknell, Berkshire