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PR 48 - LMRB Campaign success

17 July 2008

The RTPI's campaign to see the proposed introduction of Local Member Review Bodies (LMRBs) removed from the Planning Bill has been supported by the Government in the House of Lords.

Parliamentary Undersecretary of State Baroness Kay Andrews told the House of Lords that; \"We have listened carefully to stakeholder views on this provision and concluded that, while it may bring some benefit, it risks distracting local authorities, particularly at a time when there is an urgent need for them to focus on strategic plans and issues. We therefore intend to drop this provision at Committee stage.\"  

The announcement is the culmination of a six month RTPI campaign to see the Planning Bill amended. The campaign was developed in response to concerns raised by many RTPI members in local government and private practice who told us that using LMRBs to hear planning application appeals would put strain on local authority resources and endanger the independence and impartiality of the appeals process.

RTPI Policy Director Rynd Smith said: \"This is the correct decision. The Government is to be commended for acting on the expert advice of the planning sector. The RTPI's campaign to see the proposed introduction of LMRBs overturned was assisted enormously by the support and active engagement of our members, and those of related professional bodies, who helped raise the profile of the issue through letters to MPs. The success of the campaign is a real indication of what can be achieved when planners unite to achieve a common goal.\"   

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Dale Atkinson, RTPI Communications Manager, 0207 929 9479 dale.atkinson@rtpi.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

For more information on the RTPI's LMRB campaign please click here

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