Sir, Are there advantages to the property industry, planning authorities and the economy generally in reinstating a five-year lifespan for planning consents?

It seems to me that, in these dark days, the costly exercises of having to reapply for consents that are then most unlikely to be taken up during the next three years would benefit no one.

Shouldn’t the government be helping all parties to preserve possibilities for what we can only hope will be a rosier future?

Am I alone in thinking this, or are others planning to raise this issue?

Malcolm Young, chief executive, Wilky Property Holdings

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