Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), today (27 January) emphasised that changes to the Localism Bill are still needed to create an effective planning system.
In her oral evidence to MPs scutinising the Bill she outlined five key points.
- Supports and has long argued for a National Planning Policy Framework though it needs to be embodied in statute
- Welcomes the strengthening of the local development framework
- Welcomes much greater community involvement in planning but believes that the proposed neighbourhood planning system needs to be simplified
- Maintains that strategic planning should be strengthened through an enhanced duty to cooperate in order to ensure continuity between neighbourhood, local and national planning
- Is disappointed with the decision to end grant funding to Planning Aid at a time when local communities are going to need as much support as possible getting to grips with a new system. RTPI is working hard to secure Planning Aid's future.
Trudi Elliott said:
\"We do still have areas of concern about the Bill and suggestions about how overcome them. Ministers have, for example, a once in a generation opportunity, if they get it right, to genuinely involve communities in shaping their neighbourhoods.
\"We want a planning system that is as clear, as simple, and as free from challenge as you can make it. It also needs to have proper resourcing if the Government's vision is to be realised.\"
The RTPI will be now submitting written evidence to the committee and will be seeking support for amendments.
The RTPI appeared alongside representatives from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Planning Officers Society, and the Town and Country Planning Association.
Localism Bill: Fourth Sitting Transcript