The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) today broadly welcomed the seventeen recommendations made by the Killian Pretty Review of development management as a positive step towards producing better outcomes for all involved in the planning application system.
The Review Team, responsible for recommending ways to reform the planning application process so it is less complex, more proportionate, responsive and customer focused, has responded positively to advice from the RTPI and other planning and development stakeholders.
Most report findings appear to be well founded on evidence and the recommendations appear sound. The RTPI particularly welcomes the recommendations calling for:
- Reappraisal of time-based government targets for planning that fail to reward outcome quality or community satisfaction;
- The appropriate training of elected councillors involved in planning;
- The modernisation of community consultation, ensuring that people are involved in ways that are both efficient and relevant to them; and
- Recognition that new burdens on the planning system must be matched by new revenue streams or new government funding.
RTPI policy director Rynd Smith today said, \"The Review has recognised the willingness of planners in the public and the private sectors to do their best to deliver good and timely decisions, which create positive places for people. To date we have lacked a clear and systematic thinking between Government legislation and targets and the planning process which has been equally damaging to businesses, developers, councils and households. A simpler, more streamlined planning system is imperative especially given the challenging economic climate. The report recommendations hold out considerable hope that we can move forward, harnessing both professionalism to better process to produce better outcomes.\"
The RTPI looks forward to seeing the Government's implementation plan early next year and working with the Government to clarify and simplify the national planning policy framework.
The Killian Pretty Review have been careful to emphasise that savings emerging from fair proposals should be reinvested in the planning system. The RTPI strongly endorses this proposal and calls upon the Government to ensure that it is taken forward in the implementation plan.
More information about the RTPI's involvement with the Killian Pretty Review, including the RTPI's submission, can be found here.