The RTPI has issued a response to the Government's new policy on planning for schools development.
Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive of the RTPI said: \"The RTPI is pleased that the Government has announced that the development of state-funded schools should be carried out through positive planning policy and within the planning system. It is what we argued for, and the Government should be credited for listening. We strongly support local authority engagement at the pre-application stage as it allows potential problems to be identified and addressed early in the process. We also believe that there is an unexplored opportunity for guidance to encourage communities to use neighbourhood planning as a mechanism for delivering schools in their areas.\"