UKHospitality has welcomed a recommendation to cut planning appeals decisions by five months.

The Government has today published the findings of an independent review into planning appeal inquiries, which recommends cutting the length of appeal decisions from 47 to 26 weeks.

UKH chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “This is positive news for hospitality and a major shot in the arm for the UK’s high streets. Although a few hospitality businesses are in remote locations, they are mainly in and around high streets. Slashing red tape for high street venues will help support the kind of investment needed to reverse the decline in town centres.”