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Coalition proposals for 'right to build' will undermine local authorities says RTPI

23 July 2010

The Royal Town Planning Institute has responded to the announcement by Rt Hon. Grant Shapps MP of the 'Community Right to Build', warning that the proposals will overturn the long established and key role of elected members and local authorities within the English planning system.

Jamie Hodge, spokesperson for the RTPIĀ said:

'\"It is clearly vital that we look at innovative proposals to provide more much-needed affordable housing and other developments, especially in rural areas. However we believe that local plans, developed by elected members in partnership with local people and businesses are the most democratic way to deliver the aspirations of local communities for housing provision.

Proper planning scrutiny has served us well whereas this proposal appears to disempower local authorities by removing their right to determine development proposals and may mean that new housing built as a result may conflict with existing wider community priorities, and will only have to meet nationally prescribed minimum standards, even if the local authority wishes to see higher design standards in its own area\".