A key announcement in the Queen's speech earlier this week was the government's plan to press ahead with the transformation of the planning system. The stated aim is to create a simpler, faster and more modern planning system. This appears to be a positive move for the construction industry as it could help streamline the development process and encourage investment. However, it raises the question of whether the government could be doing more to modernise the construction industry as a whole by encouraging the use of modern methods of construction ("MMC"). The uptake of MMC in the industry has generally been slow but there are clear benefits both economically and environmentally. With the emphasis on 'build, build, build' to fuel the economic recovery, now could be the perfect time for the government and the industry to embrace these opportunities.
Melanie Leech, chief executive of the the British Property Federation, said: “This year’s Queen’s Speech was one of the most significant in recent history for the property sector. With the Government focused on ‘levelling up’ the UK and bringing forward new legislation to modernise the planning system to achieve this, the property sector will undoubtedly play a fundamental role in supporting communities across the country to build back better.”