Unity Howard, Director of the New Schools Network said:
“I welcome the government’s intention to reform the planning system and allow schools to be built quicker in areas of need.
“Today, there are 271 free schools stuck in the planning and development stage. Of which, 140 have been in pre-opening for around 40 months, this is far too long. Free school leaders consistently voice their frustration at a system which is both complex and time consuming.