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RTPI publishes ten key proposals for Planning in the next Parliament

04 March 2015

The RTPI has published ten key proposals for Planning in the next Parliament in advance of the UK general election. These have been selected from an extensive policy and research work programme conducted by the Institute over the past 18 months.  Overall, the programme produced a number of policy papers and the Planning Horizons series, which recommended policy solutions and thought leadership on a range of pressing challenges for both planning and the conditions in which planning operates.

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Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), pictured below, left, in discussion with Labour's Shadow Planning Minister, Roberta Blackman-Woods MP,  said:  

“Our ten proposals include a call on the next Government to deliver a stable and properly resourced planning system, commit to ending the housing crisis within a generation, and to reward local authorities which plan together with financial incentives. We have been clear about where the existing issues are and what can be done to address them". 


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"We hope that planners will use this document to engage with local parliamentary candidates to argue the case for planning, solutions for which can be carried forward into the next parliament, irrespective of the outcome of the election.”

 Our ten proposals recommend that the next government:

  • Stabilise the planning system to deliver housing, jobs and community wellbeing in a sustainable way
  • Invest in local planning for a growing and sustainable economy
  • Plan to solve the housing crisis within a generation
  • Reward local authorities that plan together
  • Coordinate policy by focusing on places
  • Provide 'one-stop-shops' for individuals and small businesses
  • Use land held by the public sector for new housing development
  • Let the public know who owns land
  • Fund more transport infrastructure by measuring its real benefits
  • Improve government policy by evaluating its impact


Watch the film of Tino Hernandez, RTPI's Head of Communications and Public Affairs discussing Planning in the next Parliament. 


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Annette Brooke MP  (Liberal Democrats) discussed her party's policies at the RTPI General Assembly.


Planning Minister Brandon Lewis MP, speaking at the RTPI's annual parliamentary reception.

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Download 'Planning in the next Parliament' (pdf)

Our website also has information on our positions on a large number of different policy areas and we will be shortly publishing a handy ‘at a glance’ summary of these.