Ahead of the publication of the expected Planning White Paper on Monday, the British Chambers of Commerce has called on the Government to stand firm and make the necessary changes to the UK’s ‘archaic and moribund’ planning system.In a letter to Ruth Kelly MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government, David Frost, Director General of the BCC, welcomes the Government's willingness to reform the Planning system with an independent national planning body. By taking major decisions out of the hands of various layers of local government bureaucracy it is hoped that large scale infrastructure projects can be built without seemingly endless delays.

The BCC does have concerns however about the possibility of a Planning Gain Supplement being introduced, which many businesses view as simply another burdensome tax. Section 106 agreements are already delivering on a local level and another layer of costs is not necessary.