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RTPI response to Autumn Statement

05 December 2012

Colin HaylockColin Haylock, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said: " The RTPI welcomes the focus on positive measures in the Autumn Statement designed to boost growth by investing in infrastructure such as road improvements, and broadband in the East of England-a point we raised with MPs scrutinising the Growth and Infrastructure Bill in Committee.

We also welcome there was no new reform or adjustment of the planning system announced. Planners, developers and communities need a period of stability and certainty in order to deliver the growth that is sorely needed.

Members of the Institute will welcome increased funding of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), given that British planning is internationally renowned and a successful export to Asia and many developing nations. The RTPI looks forward to continuing to work with UKTI on developing planning as an export.

We will be looking carefully at the Gas Strategy, which is also published today. We will be expecting any potential onshore shale gas extraction to follow the highest standards of evaluation and consultation both at national policy level and in terms of local impact."

RTPI members may also be interested in the following elements in the Statement:

Road improvements

  • upgrade key sections of the A1
  • bringing the route from London to Newcastle up to motorway standard
  • link the A5 with the M1
  • dual the A30 in Cornwall
  •  upgrade the M25

Broadband expansion

  • in Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Oxford, Portsmouth, Salford, York, Newport, Aberdeen, Perth and Derry-Londonderry

Heseltine review recommendations

  • new money to support the Local Enterprise Partnerships - and from April 2015 the Government will place more of the funding that currently goes to local transport, housing, skills and getting people back to work into a single pot that LEPs can bid for.

UKTI

  • increasing the funding for UK Trade and Investment by over 25% a year

Gas Strategy

  • publication of the Gas Strategy

Personal tax allowance

  • is set to rise to £9,205 next April

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