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Infrastructure announcement foundation for stronger strategic and spatial economic planning

27 June 2013

The RTPI welcomed the Chief Secretary to the Treasury's statement to Parliament on infrastructure investment and the publication of Investing in Britain's future. (pdf, 3MB)

Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive of the RTPI, said: "Investing in Britain’s future provides a foundation for stronger strategic and spatial economic planning and acknowledges the critical role well-planned infrastructure has in delivering economic growth and the crucial importance of linking plans at different levels together.

The Single Local Growth fund is significantly less than recommended by the Heseltine Review, and a bigger pot would facilitate a more effective solution, but we welcome the Government’s direction of travel.

The RTPI welcomes mechanisms that strengthen the Duty to Cooperate and bring a wide range of partners into the vital task of planning strategically.

We also welcome Government’s determination to release more public land for housing. However, the RTPI stresses that this initiative needs to extend beyond government departments to wider bodies under government control, and not necessarily to be limited to “surplus” land but to include the impact of public and near-public land holdings on the delivery of private sites. The whole public and near-public sector should be pulling together for growth. No public or near-public land should ever be used to hold development to ransom."