On 11 July, Theresa May gave a campaign speech which set out her priorities as leader of the conservative party and prime minister elect.  

The housing crisis featured prominently among the issues that Mrs May promised to address. As did a number of other planning related issues, including:

  • More investment for new infrastructure projects
  • A revised infrastructure delivery system that shares the benefits with local communities as well as local authorities
  • An energy policy that emphasises the reliability of supply and lower costs for users
  • Increases to the level of house-building
  • Plans to boost the economies of all regional cities

If we are to take these early promises at face value, it looks as if we are set for yet more reforms to the planning system in the years to come!