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Planners call for a move "Beyond Cooperation" to bring more and better homes and jobs in the right places.

23 September 2014

The RTPI has today published proposals for strategic, larger-than-local planning in England. They draw on existing arrangements but require much stronger incentives to cooperation and making plans for the future.


Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive of the RTPI said: “Across many parts of the country and within many  parts of society there is a growing recognition that many matters require effective agreement among local authorities if more and better homes and jobs are to be secured in the right places in the future. I commend the proposals to you.”


The RTPI believe these proposals can enhance better homes and employment in England:

  • Local authorities to form voluntary groupings in geographic areas of city-region or county scale
  • Local authorities in these groupings to agree housing numbers and other strategic matters in alignment with Strategic Economic Plans and City Deals
  • Central Government to drive this forward with strong but conditional incentives in transport, health and skills/education spending
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships to align economic growth plans with strategic housing provision plans