Government must provide resources and trust local authorities to build the houses this country needs, a Government MP told a Westminster reception last night.
300,000 new homes need to be built across the UK said Bob Neill MP, Member for Bromley and Chislehurst and Chair of the Justice Committee during his remarks at the annual RTPI Parliamentary Reception.
Housing and planning were high on the agenda at Westminster last night – on the eve of the Autumn Budget – amongst the politicians, planners and senior built environment stakeholders in attendance.
Bob Neill MP was also awarded Honorary Membership of the Institute for his contribution to promoting planning, the planning profession and his support for the Institute.
Awarding Honorary Membership to Bob Neill at the reception, Stephen Wilkinson, RTPI President said:
“Bob has been a huge champion for planning from acting as the Chair of the Planning Committee on the Greater London Authority through to his time as Planning Minister and now as our Parliamentary Patron. Bob’s work has helped raise the profile of planning and the Institute and for that we are immensely grateful. On behalf of the Institute, congratulations Bob on this well-deserved honour.”
Bob Neill MP said:
“Delivering the homes Britain needs is arguably the greatest challenge facing this Government. Last night provided a fantastic opportunity to discuss how, working together, the Government, local authorities and the industry can get this right and rise to that challenge. I have always greatly valued the advice and friendship of the RTPI, both while I was a Minister and since, and am honoured to have been awarded membership to this prestigious body. I look forward to many more years working together.”
Bob Neill MP hosted this year’s Parliamentary Reception and Battersea Power Station sponsored it.
View: photos from the reception
More information: previous Parliamentary Receptions
Read: Battersea Power Station’s blog ‘town planning on an industrial scale’