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More than 100 UK businesses have joined UKGBC in writing to the Government to call for urgent reform to the planning system to tackle the UK’s deepening housing and climate crises

Signatories to the letter, including some of the most influential businesses in the built environment sector, call on the Prime Minister to amend the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill to directly align the planning system with the UK’s climate commitments and adaptation goals under the Climate Change Act, and nature restoration targets under the Environment Act.

The letter demonstrates the breadth and depth of support for these reforms, which will break down existing barriers to sustainable development by enabling consistent direction, encouraging investment, and slashing delays.

The coalition warns the Government that the planning system is not providing a consistent approach to handling climate change and environmental considerations, creating delays, costs, and legal challenges.

Meanwhile, aligning planning reform with climate goals has received consistent support from the public, UK businesses, the Climate Change Committee, and was recognised in the Mission Zero Review, by Chris Skidmore MP, as playing a key role in building a future green economy.

Louise Hutchins, UKGBC Head of Policy and Public Affairs said: “England’s inconsistent planning system is not delivering the change we needto tackle the climate and nature breakdown. Our business and local authority members are faced with endless barriers, delays and legal challenges to the kind of low carbon nature-friendly development we all want to see.

Today we’re urging the Government to back simple changes to planning law through the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill that can help fix this. By introducing a clear legal imperative for planning decisions at all levels to align with our Climate Change and Environment Acts, we can unlock huge investment and momentum towards the beautiful neighbourhoods and low carbon infrastructure the country urgently needs.”

The full letter can be read here, and coverage in the Financial Times can be viewed here.

Businesses which have signed the letter:

  • 2050 Materials
  • Acclaro Advisory
  • AGP Sustainable Real Assets
  • Allies and Morrison
  • Amro Partners
  • Apex Acoustics Ltd
  • Atelier Ten
  • Atkins
  • Avison Young
  • BE Design
  • Bennetts Associates
  • Biogen Systems Limited
  • Bioregional
  • Black Architecture
  • BNP Paribas Real Estate UK and Strutt & Parker
  • Bruntwood
  • Building with Nature
  • Buro Happold
  • Carbon Futures
  • Carter Jonas
  • Cervest
  • Civic Engineers
  • City Sanctuary Developments
  • Climatise
  • Colliers
  • Conisbee
  • David Morley Architects
  • EFC Green Concrete Technology UK Limited
  • Firstplanit
  • Furbnow
  • Gascoyne Estates
  • Gbolade Design Studio
  • Gort Scott
  • Greengage Environmental Ltd.
  • Greenspace Live Ltd
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  • Grigoriou Interiors
  • Grosvenor Property UK
  • Heyne Tillett Steel
  • Hillbreak
  • Hoare Lea
  • HTA Design LLP
  • Hydrock
  • ICLEI Europe
  • igloo
  • Interface
  • JETS Vacuum AS
  • JLL UK
  • Kenoteq
  • KJ Tait
  • Lamington group
  • Landsec
  • Lansdowne Warwick Sustainability Consultancy
  • Lipton Rogers Developments
  • LS Estates
  • Maber Architects
  • Material Evolution
  • Material Evolution
  • Max Fordham LLP
  • MCS Foundation
  • energy
  • Melius Homes  Mortar IO
  • Narro Associates
  • NBBJ
  • NBBJ Ltd
  • NORR
  • NSR Management Ltd
  • Preoptima
  • PRP
  • PT1 VC
  • RCDC
  • Related Argent
  • Retirement Villages Group
  • RSHP
  • Saul D Humphrey LLP
  • Shaftesbury Capital PLC
  • Sika
  • Spenbeck
  • Square Mile Farms
  • Stijl one ltd
  • TFT
  • Trident Building Consultancy
  • Troup Bywaters + Anders
  • Twinn Sustainability Innovation
  • id
  • Unyte Group & Unyte Hemp Ltd
  • Verte
  • Vertigo SDC
  • Vivid Futures
  • Ward Williams Associates
  • Waterman Group
  • Woodbourne Group PLC
  • Xeroc Ltd
  • Zeal Hotels
  • ZEHo Projects Ltd
  • zero carbon house / Retrofit Balsall Heath

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