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Planning rules relaxed

David Cameron has pledged to get the planning system "off people's backs" and revive the economy by easing restrictions for homes and businesses to carry out extensions.

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Business leaders welcome planning reform

We applaud the Government’s new reforms of the planning system. The construction industry has been suffering, we need more housing and businesses currently find it too difficult to build new premises, so action to relieve those problems is very welcome. Many companies want to invest and expand, and the system should be encouraging them to do so, not deterring them.

The Government is right to revisit this areato take their reforms further. The key to their effectiveness will be in theimplementation of the proposed arrangements. We urge the Government to keepopen the possibility of a blanket holiday from costly section 106 requirementsif necessary.

– Director General of the Institute of Directors Simon Walker

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