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The Housing Podcast: how the government’s reforms will change the planning system

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How the government’s reforms will change the planning system

Last week, the government laid out proposals for what Boris Johnson previously described as “the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War”.

Ministers have a vision to overhaul the approach to setting housing targets, deciding where to build and securing funding for public benefits from developers, while short-term changes to the existing regime could have a huge impact on affordable housing.

In this episode of The Housing Podcast, the team explains what the measures might mean in practice.

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