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The Government’s ‘Build, build, build’ announcement – what you need to know

Owen Pike / 16 Jul, 20

At the end of June, Boris Johnson announced that government investment over the next few months would follow one of the most radical reforms of our planning system since the end of the second world war.

One of the key takeaways from the Prime Minister’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ speech is that begin rebuilding our economy we would “build back better, build back greener, build back faster” and adjust current planning regulations to “build a more beautiful Britain.”

View in more detail on the government website here.

A Quick Review

Brownfield Sites

A deregulation of Brownfield sites was announced, with Johnson stating that it would be easier than ever to develop these sites into fantastic new homes.
The £400m Brownfield Land fund was allocated to the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Liverpool City Region, Sheffield City Region and North of Tyne and Tees Valley to support around 24,000 new homes.


A £12bn affordable homes programme that will support up to 180,000 new affordable homes for ownership and rent over the next 8 years, confirmed today.

Change to use classes

More flexible change in use classes to allow commercial premises the ability to be repurposed with more ease to allow the freedom for them to adapt to changing consumer demand.

A building used for retail, for instance, would be able to be permanently used as a café or office without requiring a planning application and local authority approval.

Permitted Development Rights

A wider range of commercial buildings will be allowed to change to residential use without the need for a planning application.

Builders will no longer need a normal planning application to demolish and rebuild vacant and redundant residential and commercial buildings if they are rebuilt as homes.


Many of the announcements are welcome ones for the planning sector and for the wider UK economy with a focus on “driving economic recovery, get Britain building again, and start an infrastructure revolution.”

Over the next couple of weeks our planning specialists are going to share their thoughts on the various changes as they are put in to practice and to find out more please get in touch with our planning specialists here.

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