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Britain Lacks Millions of Homes Due to Tight Planning Laws, Says Think Tank

Britain would have an extra 4.3 million homes if its strict planning laws were more like those elsewhere in Europe, a study said Wednesday.

The Centre for Cities, a think tank, blamed the UK’s “outdated” planning system for sluggish housebuilding rates going back decades. Existing regulation, established under the Town and Country Planning Act 1947, allows local authorities to reject developers’ applications even if they adhere to rules.