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RTPI welcomes the Armitt Review of long term infrastructure planning

05 September 2013

The RTPI is greatly encouraged that the Review has considered and adopted many of the proposals put forward in our initial consultation response in January 2013, including its emphasis on the need for strategic infrastructure projects to be planned “in parallel, rather than looking at individual sectors in isolation”. Additionally, we strongly agree with the report’s focus on increasing investor and stakeholder confidence in infrastructure plans through evidenced-based, long-term projections of demand and the required setting out of sources of funding and implementation timeframes for projects.

Also, and in-line with one of our key policy aims, we are pleased to see the report recommend the consideration of a wider range of input factors in the assessment of infrastructure requirements, including forecasts of housing demand, and how such strategic elements directly impact the nation’s infrastructure needs.

Richard Blyth , RTPI Head of Policy, Practice & Research, said: “The RTPI believes that effective planning is a key catalyst in promoting economic growth and is pleased that the Armitt Review recognises the essential role of planning when considering the UK’s current and future infrastructure provision.”