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George Osborne demands “imaginative” thinking to boost a construction recovery

The Chancellor hints at deregulating the planning system

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has called for more building on Green Belt land in order to aid with economic recovery. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, Mr Osborne insisted “we have to do a lot more and faster” in order to promote economic growth. He has been under fire recently for refusing to compromise on the government’s “Plan A” of deep cuts to public spending in order to reduce the deficit. Although he shows no signs of bending to this pressure he did admit that the government will have to consider radical approaches to attaining growth.

One of these is reforming the planning system to make it much easier to build homes on previously restricted land. He called for “imaginative” thinking from councils that would speed up the process of approving developments and make it easier to build generally. This announcement was followed quickly by David Cameron lambasting “NIMBYism” which he claimed has strangled an already struggling construction industry.

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