As the UK leaves the European Union it will have to simultaneously negotiate its relationship with the EU and find solutions to a range of challenges facing the nation. Population growth, unaffordable housing, the pressure on health and educational services, the need for economic growth all require planned solutions.
Planning will be impacted by Brexit in a number of ways, including environmental and building standards, access to skilled workers, funding for research and infrastructure projects and the regulatory environment within which it operates.
The RTPI is calling on decision makers to access and value the expertise of planners. Planners need political support to deliver economically and environmentally sustainable developments that benefit communities as the UK leaves the EU.
How the RTPI is helping to shape a better Brexit
Keeping members at the forefront of the process
The Institute has published briefings, blogs and new stories to ensure members understand the full impact Brexit will have on planning and the built environment.
Developing new policy and research to shape thinking
The RTPI is commissioning research on the best way to achieve high environmental outcomes after Brexit and how our trading position can be secured.
The first phase of this research was led by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), which has produced a briefing paper for the RTPI which considers the impacts of Brexit on the UK's implementation of key EU directives and legislation related to land use.
The second is being conducted by a consortium of academics from around the UK led by Professor Richard Cowell from Cardiff University.
Championing planning to government and parliaments
The Institute is speaking with government about the role planning can play in tackling the UK's challenges. The RTPI continues it's pre election call for the Government to create an inclusive, economically successful and resilient society with jobs, homes and infrastructure where they are needed after Brexit through planning.
The RTPI has written to all Communities and Local Government Ministers, in addition to the Secretaries of State for Transport, Education and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The RTPI has submitted written evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Devolution and Exiting the EU Inquiry. In it the Institute says repatriation of powers to Whitehall alone after Brexit is not enough to uphold existing planning and environment related EU directives, the implementation of which are highly devolved.
Read the RTPI's Briefing on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill prepared for the House of Lords debate.
Working with the other built environment institutes
The Institute is working with the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building. With a combined membership of over 175,000 skilled professionals, the Institutes are lobbying government on six priorities for the built environment:
- Access to skills
- Common standards
- Research excellence
- Infrastructure investment
- Devolution commitment
- Community development
The institutes have written to the new Minister for Trade, the Rt. Hon. George Hollingbery MP to meet with him. This follows a close working relationship with the former minister, including a roundtable with the institute's presidents to discuss how the built environment professions are an important export for the UK.
In a jointly issued statement, the four institutes have raised skills and standards as Brexit priorites.
Read: Letter to David Davis, Minister for Exiting the EU, warning the UK's construction skills crisis could severely worsen, if the Government does not act to ensure access to a skilled workforce.
Following the election the RTPI with the other built environment institutes wrote to the Secretaries of State for Exiting the EU, International Trade, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The RTPI, as a co-founder of the UK Built Environment Advisory Group, has written to the Secretary of State for International Development.
The RTPI also welcomed a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment which warns that Brexit could prove disastrous for the delivery of new homes and infrastructure unless the construction industry can easily draw on EU workers while it skills up a stronger domestic workforce in the transition
Calling for Brexit to be 'rural proofed'
The RTPI is calling on the Government to act on pressing rural issues such as the lack of affordable housing and much reduced local services. A joint statement to government highlights the importance for Brexit policy decisions such as those on EU trade, regulations, funding and migrant labour to be rural proofed to ensure that they meet rural needs.
The Academy of Social Sciences have published two reports outlining a vision of a strong UK economy outside of the EU and the future for British trade policy: