Richard Summers, RTPI Immediate Past President, gave evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Local Growth, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Enterprise Zones inquiry into the effectiveness of Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs) on Tuesday 3 July.
Richard Summers said "The RTPI has urged MPs to strengthen cooperation between Local Economic Partnerships, Local Planning Authorities, local communities and local businesses. It is vital to secure much better integration between spatial planning and economic development so as to enable economic growth and regeneration across the country."
Pictured: Richard Summers, Immediate Past President of the RTPI.
spatial planning enables rather than obstructs local economic growth and regeneration.
Richard Summers reminded the inquiry hearing chaired by Brandon Lewis MP and Caroline Dinenage MP that spatial planning enables rather than obstructs local economic growth and regeneration. He outlined the RTPI's key points including the need to integrate spatial planning and economic development at the national and local levels to achieve economic growth and regeneration across the country. He also noted that some LEPs have much more local political support and are much more active than others. The RTPI will be submitting a Memorandum of Evidence detailing these points to the APPG secretariat later this month.
The RTPI's three recommendations to MPs are that:
- Whitehall must recognise that LEPs and Local Planning Authorities should work more closely together to support local economies;
- LEPs should be required to cooperate with LPAs in delivering spatial planning and economic development policies and programmes; and,
- Local Authorities must work more closely with local communities and local business.
The RTPI's written evidence to the APPG can be read here (pdf, 127kb)