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RTPI welcomes Flood and Energy Bills in Queen's speech but criticises omission of important heritage bill

18 November 2009

The organisation representing 22,000 British town planners has responded to the Queen's Speech, welcoming the Flood and Water Management Bill, but criticising the decision to yet again drop the long-running Heritage Bill which is sorely needed to rationalise and improve our heritage protection system.

Matt Thomson, Acting Director of Policy and Partnerships said:

\"We welcome the Flood Bill which proposes a clear division of executive roles and responsibilities for flood and coastal risk management between the Environment Agency and local councils. It is essential that these new arrangements are backed up with secure funding and local authority leaders and officials appropriately skilled and aware of the need to take action to respond to flood risks.

It's very disappointing that yet again the Government has failed to bring forward a bill on heritage protection. Such a bill enjoys cross-party support and would have brought about much needed reform to the heritage protection system. Without this bill, we will be forced to continue with an outdated and complicated system which puts our built heritage at risk.\"