Govt gears up for infra push
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Osborne admitted the government must “up the tempo of development and activity in this country”.
“You will see in the next couple of weeks legislation to speed up the process of development,” he continued, referring to the proposals to underwrite up to £40bn of private finance in public infrastructure projects.
He also signalled proposals to shake-up the planning system, allowing councils to build on Green Belt land provided they “swap” it with another portion of similar land.
Osborne pledged to cut the time it takes to negotiate the planning system. “I am as frustrated as anyone that it takes so long to get a road built in this country, so long to do the rail improvements we want to see,” he added.