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Government unable to produce evidence that planning delays cost £3bn

10 November 2011

Richard SummersRichard Summers, RTPI President (right) and Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive, gave evidence on Tuesday to the CLG Select Committee on the draft National Planning Policy Framework. Asked for a view on the £3bn cost of delays repeatedly used by ministers, the RTPI revealed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request about claims that planning costs were amongst the highest in the world had dramatically revealed that 'after a search of our records HM Treasury does not hold any recorded information in the scope of your request' and referred to information on the cost of delays going back to 1992.

Planning figures are two decades old reported the Daily Telegraph. Minister unable to explain government's figure for cost of planning delays when challenged by select committee said the Guardian.

The wide ranging session also covered whether the NPPF should have a spatial dimension, neighbourhood planning, and the benefits of planning.

For more information on the costs of planning and our analysis of the FOI information visit our Planning Myths pages.