Government is right to dither over the planning system – for now

The government’s refusal to back a full overhaul of the UK’s land value capture system has received a mixed reception. However, more widely, most see value in its preference to tweak the system before implementing more radical changes. Having rebuffed a select committee’s findings last week, which suggested bigger reforms than the government was comfortable with, it has settled on a gentler approach to make current processes more transparent. The Commons Housing Communities and Local Government committee had called for a substantial proportion of the uplift in land values after planning permission to be accessible to the