Earle Arney, CEO/Founder of Arney Fender Katsalidis reacts to 2020 Budget

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11 March 2020

Earle Arney, CEO/Founder of Arney Fender Katsalidis reacts to 2020 Budget

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Earle Arney has joined a number of peers within the industry to react to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak's 2020 Budget, which contains, amongst other pledges, £600 billion infrastructure-led promise to get 'Britain building'. Earle's commentary was published in the Architects Journal and Building Design.

Earle's comment in full:

With the UK economy taking a battering from the Coronavirus, Brexit and other challenges, Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first budget statement has some promising initiatives, particularly shoring-up businesses and ‘levelling up’ the country through investment into infrastructure. However, prosperity must start with people being housed properly - although I am encouraged to hear the Chancellor announce that ‘comprehensive reforms’ to planning will be set out tomorrow by Robert Jenrick, it’s long overdue and I fear it will be yet more tinkering under the hood rather than overhauling our planning system, which we must surely do if we are ever to repair the housing crisis.

The new Chancellor must realise housing development is caught in the handbrake of local politics and that responsibility for planning the homes we need, must be moved to higher authorities, with an understanding of the bigger, national picture. I would have liked to have seen budget set aside to enable the creation of independent development authorities, along the lines of the Olympic Delivery Authority, equipped with the tools and political clout to deliver high-quality homes at scale and speed across the UK. Only by courageously addressing the issues can we get all the wheels moving efficiently and get on with delivering the homes needed to underpin sustained, geographically balanced growth.

Earle Arney, Founder/CEO, Arney Fender Katsalidis