Planning process harming business, says entrepreneur

The Government should look to cut unnecessary red tape for growing green businesses in the upcoming Budget. This is the view of entrepreneur Simon Rigby, founder of Farmgen, who says […]

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By Tom Gibson

The Government should look to cut unnecessary red tape for growing green businesses in the upcoming Budget. This is the view of entrepreneur Simon Rigby, founder of Farmgen, who says the length of time the planning process takes is doing real harm to green businesses.

Mr Rigby said reform was needed: “There are companies looking to develop and grow, to create vital jobs and move the economy forward. They don’t need the uncertainty that the present planning process brings… Getting planning permission for a project can take years and I’m not just talking in my sector but for all businesses.”

Green groups are also concerned Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget won’t cater for the environment, with Greenpeace saying it would not stand for policies that are “blind to the value of new green jobs, green investment and green fields.”