The Government's announced overhaul to the NPPF earlier this week will provoke plenty of discussion at Cannes next week which I will be attending along with fellow Foot Anstey Partner, Imam Qazi.

Whilst the Government has chosen a careful line between housebuilders and local authorities  over the reasons why the current rate of delivery has not grown as much as politicians would like (and both sides will disagree over much of the detail), the takeaway for the wider UK property industry has to be positive.  Housebuilding supply has increased over the last 5 years and we have a Government that is pro development and determined to grease the wheels of the development process.

For the Government's part, the most important role that it can and should be playing is to ensure the economy remains sufficiently benign to keep consumer confidence and therefore housing demand  buoyed up.

Imam and I will be in Cannes from Tuesday to Thursday pm. For anyone else who is going and would like to meet up, please drop either of us an email.