The existing planning system is the biggest obstacle to residential development, according to national property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH).

Its annual Residential Development Survey – which canvassed the views of housebuilders, developers, investors, professional services and public sector bodies – reveals that 68% identified the “challenging, time consuming and costly” system as the top issue facing the delivery of new homes.

Calls to simplify an “overly onerous” process, reduce red tape, speed up the planning system and invest in council planning resources, were echoed across the board.

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