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Planning Paralysis: Why the U.K. Can't Have Nice Things?

April 26, 2024 (EIRNS)—After 15 years of work, rather than even having started the construction of the 23 km of road and tunnels for a new easternmost crossing of the River Thames, planners in Britain have produced 75 km of planning paperwork, if the pages were laid side by side. More than 359,000 pages of planning documents have been generated for the Lower Thames Crossing.

“There is an unquestionable need for the crossing to cut congestion at the Dartford Crossing and improve air quality. But the size of the application is insane and totally unjustifiable by any sensible person,” Sam Richards, the founder of Britain Remade, a pro-growth group, told The Times.

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