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RTPI PR49 - "Big Conversation" needed between HCA and local authorities

22 July 2008

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is calling on the Government to back up reassurances that the HCA will not impose top down housing targets by compelling those charged with setting it up to start the necessary \"big conversation\" with local authorities now. The RTPI believes local decision makers must be given the opportunity to shape the programmes that the HCA will introduce. This process must begin prior to the formal creation of the HCA if the organisation is to gain the trust of local authorities.

RTPI Secretary General Robert Upton said: \"Reassurances that the HCA will not become a top-down, target setting quango are welcome. Local decision making bodies must play a key role in developing housing programmes and those charged with creating the HCA's should back up the Junior Housing Minister's reassurances by starting the necessary big conversation with local authorities and RDAs now.\"

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:

The RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future. We understand that just as people develop places, so places develop people.  We are committed to the enhancement of our natural and human environment, using spatial planning to manage competing pressures on our built environments and the very real effects on our space.  Through our 20,000 members, we constantly seek to create areas and places in which people want to live and work.

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at: www.rtpi.org.uk

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