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PR 43 - Mechanistic targets not the answer

01 July 2008

The review into the development application process offers welcome recognition that hitting mechanistic performance targets does not mean that applicants are necessarily receiving the service they want.

The recognition came in the recently published Call for Solutions from the Killian Pretty Review, which is designed to identify ways to make the planning application process more efficient. The RTPI, which recently called on its members to provide input on the issue, will be delivering its response to the document over the next couple of weeks.

An underlying theme of the feedback received by the RTPI indicates that planners do not believe the implementation of more rigorous speed-based performance targets will create greater efficiency within the system, with many expressing the view that such an approach would undermine the quality of the decisions being made and could lead to an increase in the number of mistakes.

RTPI Secretary General, Robert Upton, said: \"It is good that the review starts with the insight that hitting mechanistic performance targets does not meant that applicants are necessarily receiving the service that they want.

\"We agree with the CBI on the importance of the totality of the process – how it works for all applicants from beginning to end. And we welcome the Killian Pretty team's recognition of the importance of the new spatial planning as set out in PPS12. The focus needs to be on evaluating the likely outcomes of planning applications, how they relate to agreed local delivery framework objectives, and how effective they will be in implementation.\"

The RTPI is also calling on its members to respond directly to the Killian Pretty Review's Call for Solutions.

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Dale Atkinson, RTPI Communications Manager, 0207 929 9479

Notes to Editors:

For details on the Killian Pretty Review visit the planning portal here

The RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future. We understand that just as people develop places, so places develop people.  We are committed to the enhancement of our natural and human environment, using spatial planning to manage competing pressures on our built environments and the very real effects on our space.  Through our 20,000 members, we constantly seek to create areas and places in which people want to live and work.

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at:

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