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News - 13 March 2004
Planning regime past its sell-by date
Digby Jones, the director general of the CBI condemned the current planning regime, created in 1947, as being out of date and irrelevant to a modern economy in a speech at the shopping centre management conference in Birmingham.
He went on to say that planning was “failing in front of our eyes” citing France’s record of building three major airport runways since the last World Cup while the UK has built just one since 1945. He was scathing about the poor transport system which he blamed in planners not being responsive to Britain’s needs.
In Brighton & Hove the Economic Partnership is having ongoing discussions involving both private and public sector around the problems of planning restrictions and market demand. There appears to be a particular problem around B1 (light industrial) and B8 (warehousing) with the Local Plan ear-marking sites and premesis for the former when the demand is for the latter and latest government figures show very little difference in employment densities between the two uses.
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