Rees-Mogg criticised for 'outdated' views on planning system

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Finn Williams ticks off MP for blaming housing crisis on UK’s rigid planning system

A leading architect and planner has scolded MP Jacob Rees-Mogg for his “outdated” ideas on the UK’s planning system.

Finn Williams, chief executive of Public Practice, which places talented architects and planners with local authorities to boost capacity, was responding to a piece on the housing crisis Rees-Mogg wrote in the Telegraph this week.

The backbench Tory whose strongly pro-Brexit views have made him a thorn in Theresa May’s side, branded the planning system “sclerotic” and accused successive governments of failing to reform it.

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