Blue-sky thinking is management speak for a fanciful idea. However, it is not fanciful to build into the not-so-blue skies above our cities, and this week Sajid Javid, the housing secretary, announced plans to relax planning rules to make it easier to build on city rooftops.
“The answer to building new homes isn’t always an empty plot, or developing on a derelict site. We need to be more creative and make more effective use of the space we already have available,” Javid said. “That’s why we are looking to strengthen planning rules to encourage developers to be more innovative and look at opportunities to build upwards where possible when delivering the homes the country needs.”
Aaron Emmett, the chief executive of Click Above, a rooftop developer, says: “The announcement is a step in the right direction but on its own it is not enough. We need to ensure it translates on the ground. The thing that really stymies delivery is resistance from the planning system and local authorities. There is plenty of space out there.”
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