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Brown to promise planning reform

Prime minister Gordon Brown will today set out his proposals to eliminate lengthy planning inquiries to speed up the delivery of major infrastructure schemes.

Brown is expected to tell the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference that he will be unveiling new planning legislation tomorrow, which will ease Britain’s congested and clumsy planning system.

According to the prime minister, the ability to deliver major infrastructure projects will significantly boost Britain’s economy.

‘We will have to increase capacity at our airports, particularly Heathrow,’ Brown will say. ‘Our prosperity depends on it. Britain as a world financial centre must be readily accessible from around the world.’

Brown’s changes to the planning legislation will hope to avoid circumstances such as Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Terminal 5 building. It was widely reported that the lengthy planning inquiry took the same amount of time as for the practice to design and build the Stirling Prize-winning Barajas Airport in Madrid.

Brown is also expected to show his support for the building of nuclear power stations.

‘We have said that new power stations potentially have a role to play in tackling climate change and improving energy security,’ he will say.

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