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RTPI and Government to address planning law implementation

10 December 2008

Britain's planners and the Government have today pledged to work together to implement the Planning Act 2008, the essential building block in transforming Britain's infrastructure to control climate change. The new law is the subject of discussion tomorrow at The Planning Bill Update conference hosted by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Communities Minister Baroness Andrews will speak at the conference about the passage of the Planning Act and its importance. The Planning Act 2008 creates a new system for deciding major infrastructure and levying local level community infrastructure. New regulations will be required to establish the ground rules for this new system. Baroness Andrew will set out next steps for National Policy Statements (NPS), the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Today Baroness Andrews said;

\"Turning the Bill into an Act is a major achievement. However there's a busy – and challenging - new phase of work happening now to implement regulations and guidance, implement the new IPC regime, designate NPSs and prepare for CIL. We are now already turning our minds to the next steps of reform and delivery.\"

Conference chair RTPI Policy Director Rynd Smith said;

\"The RTPI has supported this legislation from the outset. But as we move towards implementation, businesses and communities need to understand how they can be meaningfully involved in ways that avoid counterproductive arguments and delays and maximise public benefits. Involving people early in policy and decision making can help to identify important issues, whilst demonstrating that the planning process is acting in good faith. Communities and Local Government funds the RTPI provided Planning Aid service, which stands ready to help communities get involved.\"

British Property Federation Chief Executive Liz Peace and Planning Inspectorate Chief Executive Katrine Sporle will also speak tomorrow at the event, to be held at the New Connaught Rooms, London.