The Royal Town Planning
Institute (RTPI), which represents 23,000 planners worldwide and is
the largest membership organisation of planners in Europe, pressed
the Government for a package of growth-promoting measures in its
2013 Budget submission.
The four key RTPI recommendations are: a joined-up approach to
departmental-led growth initiatives, greater policy certainty from
government, localised fee setting, and Treasury support for the Map
for England project.
Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, said: "Planning
produces better outcomes. Our budget submission makes the case for
a package of growth-promoting proposals.
We are encouraging the Chancellor to put the weight of the
Treasury behind the Map for England which would facilitate
Greater certainty is needed and the government can provide this
by continuing to work up National Policy Statements, and issuing
guidance on a small range of issues including viability.
Government can do more to make sure that its policy initiatives
complement each other. Joined-up government is always a good idea,
but it is even more important and perhaps even more possible in
today's interconnected world.
Finally, we encourage the government to continue to support
public services to enable them to adopt a pro-growth sustainable
planning strategy by ensuring planning fees are set at levels that
would support planning services."
- The RTPI's 2013 budget submission can be read
In a separate but connected initiative, the RTPI as part of a
coalition of some of the most influential organisations in the
housing and property construction sector, including London Councils
and the British Property Federation, has called for rules stopping
councils undertaking measured borrowing to be lifted.
The letter can be read here http://tinyurl.com/cw7uzgk (£)
The organisations who have signed are:
- London Councils - Sir Steve Bullock, Executive Member for
- British Property Federation - Liz Peace, Chief Executive
- Chartered Institute of Housing - Grainia Long, Chief
- Home Builders Federation - John Slaughter, Director of External
- Local Government Association - Cllr Mike Jones, Chair of
Environment and Housing Board
- London First - John Dickie, Director of Strategy and
- Federation of Master Builders - Brian Berry, Chief Executive
and Construction4Growth Campaign Spokesperson
- National Federation of ALMOs - Sue Roberts MBE, Chair
- National Housing Federation - David Orr, Chief Executive
- New Local Government Network - Dr Jane Roberts, Chair
- Royal Town Planning Institute - Trudi Elliott CBE, Chief
- Shelter - Campbell Robb, Chief Executive
- The Association Of Retained Council Housing - Cllr Paul Ellis,