Monday, September 17, 2012

Can Britain Boost Its Economy by Rolling Back Land Use Rules?

Nate Berg at the Atlantic Cities blog looks at David Cameron's attempt to role back local land-use regulations:

Kickstarting the United Kingdom's economy, according to Prime Minister David Cameron, "starts with getting the planners off our backs." Regulations holding back building projects are also holding back the economy, Cameron said recently on a morning TV news show (which was then quoted by this article from the BBC).

The Prime Minister says planning regulations have apparently prevented many people from taking on home improvement projects and room extensions, such as the expansion of kitchens or the building of "conservatories." Officials are hoping to ease the planning regulations that are supposedly holding these projects back by allowing any home extension project up to 8 meters to go ahead without planning approval for a one year period.

Steve Clowney

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