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RTPI responds to select committee planning inquiry

03 May 2019

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has responded to the Public Accounts Committee inquiry on Planning and the Broken Housing Market.

The RTPI's wide-ranging response gives evidence of the need for a range of measures to ensure that the government’s planning system is better placed to meet housing demand effectively.

A key element of the RTPI’s response was that regional planning structures should be either reinstated or replaced by an effective alternative.

RTPI Policy Officer Tom Kenny said:

“Research we conducted in 2017 on the deliverability and affordability of large scale housing in the South West of England found that all of the schemes studied were the product of formal statutory strategic planning processes – either structure plans or the South West Regional Spatial Strategy.

“For some time, housing completions have been reliant on this legacy. Urgent steps are now needed to fill the gap left by the removal of formal strategic planning.”

The RTPI also said there was a need for better and more transparent data on land. To support this, it said, the Land Registry data on ownership should be made more easily available, and the planning system should use new technology and improve data collection and publishing to support delivery.

Other elements of the RTPI’s response included the need for both sufficient local authority resourcing and for simpler and more certain infrastructure funding. It also said that it is unsatisfactory for MHCLG to hold local authorities to account for providing new homes when this is not fully within local authorities’ control.

Download the full response here