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RTPI responds to Heseltine competitiveness report

31 October 2012

RTPI Chief Executive, Trudi Elliott CBE said:

"There is much to welcome in Lord Heseltine's personal report on growth. He appears rightly to recognise that no one in government currently has any responsibility to see that local growth in homes and jobs actually occurs. For this reason the idea of associating ministers and senior civil servants with particular LEPs and the creation of Local Growth Teams appear sensible. We also welcome the call for LEPs to be producing long term strategies. We stress that these must include housing and naturally must involve of local planning authorities."

"It is disappointing however that in some respects Lord Heseltine is still singing from exactly the same hymn sheet which he picked up in 1979 by saying: "There are countless jobs tied up in the filing cabinets of the planning machine".  Substantial progress on the administration of planning departments has been achieved in the last thirty years. This was partly due to Lord Heseltine himself raising awareness of the issue in the first place. He should therefore recognise the progress made".

"It is disappointing however that in some respects Lord Heseltine is still singing from exactly the same hymn sheet which he picked up in 1979 by saying: "There are countless jobs tied up in the filing cabinets of the planning machine".  Substantial progress on the administration of planning departments has been achieved in the last thirty years. This was partly due to Lord Heseltine himself raising awareness of the issue in the first place. He should therefore recognise the progress made".

"We would welcome any genuine helpful suggestions on how any remaining difficulties can be removed but many of these lie in the hand of consultees, objectors and indeed the quality of applications themselves. We simply do not agree that "most planning applications do not involve very many contentious issues".

 

Read BBC News on the publication of the Heseltine report here.

 

See the Channel 4 film on the report here.

 

No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Growth is available here.