With further cuts to the Communities’ budget announced in the Spending Round which are likely to be passed on to councils, the role of planners in delivering economic growth, jobs, homes, important infrastructure for local communities has never been more important.
Trudi Elliott, Chief Execuitve of the RTPI, said: “Whilst we understand the very difficult decisions councils have to make, cuts in planning departments have a huge impact on the ability to deliver growth and jobs to local communities, which in turn bring in additional revenue to local authorities. We strongly encourage local councils to value one of the few services they deliver which have the capacity to generate income by facilitating growth.”
She added: “The creation Single Local Growth fund along the lines of the Heseltine Review is a welcome step in the right direction, but at £2 billion pounds a year it is unlikely to have a major impact in the short term. We look forward to hearing more about this in tomorrow’s Chief Secretary’s statement to Parliament where we expect positive news on infrastructure spending.”
Further items of direct interest to planners announced the debate on the Comprehensive Spending Review
- The Chief Secretary will tomorrow make a statement to Parliament about infrastructure spending. Transport and flood defences are likely to prioritised.
- High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill due to receive its Second Reading today.
- £3b for affordable housing.
- Council tax freeze extended.
- Reform of the way that infrastructure delivery is handled in Whitehall to be announced.