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Snap election call: RTPI comment

18 April 2017

In light of today’s announcement to call a General Election on 8th June by Prime Minister May, Stephen Wilkinson,  President of the Royal Town Planning Institute says:

“We will continue to ask Government to prioritise creating a more inclusive society,  including addressing the housing crisis and the need to revise current land value capture mechanisms to benefit communities.  Any new Government will need to substantially invest in infrastructure and pursue an industrial strategy that is linked to an effective housing strategy and to empower devolved city regions to plan for growth in a meaningful way.  

"Planners are crucial to the economic development of all regions and nations of the UK to create places that are economically and socially successful,  but we caution that any new Government should not hamper planners’ abilities to perform this crucial role in England by introducing further changes to the planning system .”