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RTPI tells BIS Select Committee evidence-based approach to regeneration is essential

01 August 2012

The Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) written evidence to the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee One-off Session with Ministers into Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the Regional Growth Fund was recently published (Tuesday 23rd July).

The RTPI's key recommendations to the BIS Select Committee were:


An evidence-based approach is essential when deciding where regeneration funding should be spent. Funding specifically intended to support local economic development should be directed both to places with struggling economies to help them recover and to currently growing economies to support business growth. 

  • Whitehall should recognise that LEPs must work more closely together with Local Authorities to support the growth and regeneration of local economies.
  • Funds specifically intended to support local economic development should be directed both to places with struggling economies to help them recover and to currently growing economies to support business growth. LEPs should be required to cooperate with Local Planning Authorities in preparing and delivering spatial planning and economic development policies and programmes because LEPs are not at present included in the "duty to cooperate".
  • LEPs and Local Councils must work together more effectively with local residential and business communities to help the new Neighbourhood Fora to prepare Neighbourhood Plans.

Richard Summers, Immediate Past President of the RTPI, said: \"An evidence-based approach is essential when deciding where regeneration funding should be spent. Funding specifically intended to support local economic development should be directed both to places with struggling economies to help them recover and to currently growing economies to support business growth.\"

The RTPI's written evidence to the BIS Select Committee can be read here.