CPS welcomes Chancellor’s focus on planning reform

Responding to the new Chancellor’s speech this morning, Robert Colvile, CPS Director, said:

‘Rachel Reeves is absolutely right to focus on the need for growth, and reforming the planning system as key to unlocking that growth. The devil will be in the detail, but today’s announcements on speeding up infrastructure delivery and holding councils’ feet to the fire on housebuilding are both welcome and extremely necessary – as the Centre for Policy Studies has long argued. Indeed, this agenda needs to be a cross-party priority.

‘We also welcome the new Chancellor’s recognition that attracting private sector investment should be at the heart of Britain’s economic strategy – which is why we urge her not to undermine her own efforts by raising taxes on businesses, entrepreneurs and overseas investors in her forthcoming Budget.’


  • Robert Colvile is Director of the Centre for Policy Studies.
  • Our recent housing reports have made the case for housebuilding, argued for a new Right to Buy, brownfield assessments to turn empty shops into homes, and turning planning permission into development contracts to accelerate the speed at which land is developed into new homes.
  • We also recently published a landmark survey of investors’ attitudes to the UK.
  • Robert Colvile is available for interview. For further information, please contact Josh Coupland on 07912 485655 and [email protected].
  • The Centre for Policy Studies is one of the oldest and most influential think tanks in Westminster. With a focus on taxation, economic growth, business, welfare, housing and green growth, its goal is to develop policies that widen enterprise, ownership and opportunity.

Date Added: Monday 8th July 2024