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The RTPI shares LGA desire for timely development

22 August 2013

The RTPI, like  the Local Government Association (LGA) (400,000 homes with planning permission still waiting to be built), would wish to see planning consents turned more quickly into houses on the ground.

As a forthcoming major piece of new research from the RTPI will note, local authority construction has always made a significant contribution to matching housing provision with demand and we believe a review of the restrictions on local authority investment in housing would be timely. In concert with others the RTPI urged this at the time of the 2013 Budget. The RTPI Award-winning Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust illustrates that there are excellent funding models to be built on.

The RTPI does not have access to the commercial Glenigan data from which the Housing Minister and the LGA have drawn contrasting conclusions (BBC Today, 22 August) and the RTPI believes, as a matter of principle, that data the Government relies on should be published.