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