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Removal of planning grant funding could slow recovery says RTPI

10 June 2010

Removal of planning grant funding could slow recovery says RTPI

The Royal Town Planning Institute has responded to today's announcement from Secretary of State Eric Pickles that the entire allocation of Housing and Planning Delivery Grant funding has been removed – a total of £141million that would have been paid direct to councils.

Matt Thomson, Head of Policy at the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

"Cutting the entire Housing and Planning Delivery Grant will hinder councils making plans. The grant has been used by many authorities to increase their ability to engage with communities and undertake research, both of which are key government objectives.

"It is essential that councils are motivated to produce sound plans. Strong visions are needed for the future of places as an essential part of attracting inward investment for economic recovery."