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New commission to support under-performing towns and cities

09 April 2014

A new commission will investigate and recommend measures to improve the UK’s under-performing towns and cities. Comprising leading organisations in their fields - the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM), Institute of Economic Development (IED), Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) - the commission will draw on the organisations’ diverse expertise to suggest practical solutions to longstanding economic and social problems. The commission’s report is due to be published later this year

Much of the Commission’s work will be informed by a series of round table discussions across the nations and regions of the UK. The main output of the Commission will be a report which will aim to influence policy development within each of the main political parties in advance of the General Election and feed directly into the work of National Governments, Local Enterprise Partnerships, and local authorities.

Cath Ranson, RTPI President, said: “The RTPI welcomes the opportunity to bring its members’ expertise to the work of the commission and we are keen to show the important role that positive planning in supporting the aspirations of underperforming towns and cities.”

Keith Burge, Chair of IED (which has brought the Commission together), said: “This is a unique collaboration between economic development, planning and town/city management professionals.  For the first time, it will offer collective practitioner perspectives on what needs to be done to ensure that all places and all people share the benefits of the economic upturn and build in resilience against future economic shocks.”