This week, Robert Jenrick MP - the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government - announced planning reforms in a bid to get the UK building trade back on its feet.
Dubbed 'Rob the Builder', Jenrick promised to rip up red tape in order to help smaller construction firms and kickstart the British economy.
The government is planning to construct 300,000 new properties each year, and Jenrick wants a "substantial" portion of those buildings to be constructed by small and medium-sized businesses.
"We'll cut red tape, but not standards - placing a higher regard on quality, design and the environment than ever before.
"Planning decisions will be simple and transparent, with local democracy at the heart of the process. Today's reforms are going to give our brickies, builders and labourers the boost they need to get back to the business of building homes.
"Thousands of self-employed workers will be able to don their hard hats and help the country recover from the impact of coronavirus."
Many construction workers and other tradespeople have been outspoken in their appreciation of the news, welcoming moves to speed up the planning process.
One company spokesperson said: "Many building workers are paid weekly, so it's a quickfire way to put cash back into the economy."
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