RHA welcomes Chancellor’s planning reform pledges

RHA welcomes Chancellor’s planning reform pledges

08 Jul 2024 Posted By Jon Lavery

Richard Smith, RHA Managing Director, said:

We welcome the Chancellor, Rachel Reeves’ commitment to planning reform in her speech today.

Reform of the National Planning Policy Framework is something we’ve long campaigned for and will help developers get on with building the new safe and secure lorry parks and truckstops drivers deserve.

We’re encouraged that the emphasis on planning appeals escalated to government including critical infrastructure projects will take a regional overview rather than just a local view.

Funding for 300 additional planning officers in local authorities should help clear some of the backlog of highways improvements and green infrastructure projects to improve journey times and make roads more efficient.

Improving our road networks is crucial to driving economic growth and we look forward to working with the new government on helping them deliver their plans.