In response to the Autumn Statement 2023, London Property Alliance Chief Executive, Charles Begley said:
“By speeding up planning decisions and fairly funding planning departments we have an opportunity to get Britain building, supporting jobs and infrastructure for communities across the country, so the effective extension of PPAs (Planning Performance Agreements) alongside mandatory timelines is welcome. We would also urge that all funding for planning departments is ring-fenced, and that planners and elected politicians are provided much clearer national guidance to support decision making, particularly in relation to supporting net zero ambitions – so we can create the workplaces and homes the country needs.
“Transport connectivity is also vital for London to maintain its position as a global city with productive businesses and workers, and supporting its important visitor economy. The Chancellor’s failure to outline TfL’s long-term capital funding arrangements is disappointing and undermines the city’s ability to plan for growth.”