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Letters to the Telegraph and the Guardian

14 September 2012

Cath Ranson

Cath Ranson, Junior Vice President of the RTPI, wrote a letter to the Editor of the Guardian calling for planners to be seen as part of the solution to boosting economic growth.

Sir

A year ago the RTPI called on the Prime Minister to see planners and planning as part of the solution to boosting economic growth.

Indeed, we have worked closely with ministers to positively shape the planning reform agenda to help the government deliver on its aims and were praised for our contribution.

It does not help the morale of the planning profession if unattributable government sources however, continue in media briefings to lay the blame for the lack of development and economic growth on England's planners. This is patently not the case.

Chartered town planners up and down the country, in the private, public, voluntary sectors and in the Planning Inspectorate, are working round the clock in their communities to help deliver housing and growth.

Chartered town planners up and down the country, in the private, public, voluntary sectors and in the Planning Inspectorate, are working round the clock in their communities to help deliver housing and growth.

Much of their work is unseen, yet vital.  Planners ensure that there is the provision of key services and infrastructure and assist businesses to start or expand. They see that there is sufficient land, as part of the local plan, for developers and communities to build on.

Claims that the planning system is a barrier to growth are misplaced. Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) statistics show that for at least a decade, over 80% of planning applications have been granted and around 90% of major commercial applications (which are critical for economic growth) are successful. This does not mean that we all cannot do more to improve development rates further and the planning profession will do all it can to help to achieve this.

Yours,

Cath Ranson, Vice President, Royal Town Planning Institute

Colin Haylock

Colin Haylock, President of the RTPI, echoed Cath's sentiments in his letter to the Editor of the Telegraph.

British chartered town planners are exporting what are regarded as world class skills to the fastest growing economies of the world...

Sir,

At a time when we are showcasing to the world what British planners can do in the shape of the Olympic Park and London and British chartered town planners are exporting what are regarded as world class skills to the fastest growing economies of the world I call upon the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister to back their efforts.

Yours,

Colin Haylock, President, Royal Town Planning Institute

Read Professor Gavin Parker's letter to the Times Higher Education Supplement.