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RTPI Brexit Update: what does Brexit mean for planning and planners?

29 July 2016

This is the latest update from the RTPI for members about the impact Brexit is having on planning.

RTPI Brexit blog series

This week the RTPI posted its first, in a series of blogs, on Brexit and planning. RTPI’s Head of Policy, Richard Blyth provided a high level overview of the potential impacts, considering: major projects, employment, university research, European funding and the impact of uncertainty on development.

A plan for homes for all now

Housing remains a key national challenge that we must address. Chief Executive Trudi Elliott put forward a comprehensive package of ideas to ensure we build homes for all. Trudi’s plan for housing was originally published by Inside Housing and is now available in blog form.

Financial uncertainty creates doubt over future of major infrastructure projects

The result of EU referendum has created financial uncertainty, and this creates doubt over the future of major infrastructure projects. However it is difficult to speculate on the impact that the Brexit vote will have on the future of specific projects. While High Speed 2 has already secured some European funding for scoping work, Crossrail 2 is not directly reliant on European funding. However the Brexit negotiation process may have consequences for the relationship between the UK and the European Investment Bank (EIB), which provides competitive loans to EU Member States, often for infrastructure projects. While the Bank has confirmed that existing financing arrangements will continue as planned, the future is less clear.

Significant momentum for Northern Powerhouse should not be lost

There is significant momentum in the Northern Powerhouse agenda that should not be lost. The National Infrastructure Commission has made a number of recommendations to government for major infrastructure in the north to boost connectivity and enable growth, and these have been endorsed by leaders from the combined authorities in the north. These leaders are calling for their voices to be heard in the upcoming negotiations and for a continued focus on infrastructure investment across the region.

The RTPI and IPPR North's blueprint maps out how to develop a Great North Plan to turn the Northern Powerhouse into a reality in the next 35 years.   

The UK has pooled its environment powers and policies within the EU

Some of these will remain given the UK’s obligations to UN treaties but what will be the future of EIA and other areas that rely fully on EU legislation including waste, maritime areas and habitats? Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL Janice Morphet discusses Brexit uncertainties including: environmental regulation, infrastructure, housing and forgone future initiatives.


Read: RTPI overview of new UK Government

Read: Vulnerability of developers post-Brexit put affordable housing at risk, RTPI warns