Unfortunately the reality of the current system remains that there is too much uncertainty, risk and delay. This is a source of frustration for companies up and down the country. Bad experiences are all too common, and with the current recession and collapsed property market, this situation is no longer acceptable.

The BCC’s report, Planning for Recovery, analyses the reasons why the system currently fails to deliver and makes a series of recommendations as to how real improvements can be ensured. We argue that the combination of inadequate direction at all levels, insufficiently strategic and economically focused local interventions and an incoherent approach to charges have hindered previous efforts at reform.