RTPI East of England Annual General Meeting, 4.15pm
Please confirm your attendance by booking online (see form at the bottom of this page) or by contacting Tina Palmer, the Regional Co-ordinator, by email . Any member wishing to have a motion debated at the AGM must give details at least 21 days before the meeting. Download the AGM Agenda here
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Debate on Housing Delivery, being led by Professor Janice Morphet, from 4.30pm
This free Debate will take place immediately following the AGM. We are delighted that Professor Janice Morphet, Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, will be leading discussions on "Housing Delivery". What are your views?
Professor Janice Morphet wrote an article in the Town & Country Planning magazine and will be leading a discussion on the methods and challenges of local authority housing provision and its contribution to planning.
She writes "Successive governments have placed much of the blame for the failure to provide an adequate supply of housing in England on local authorities operating the planning system. Uncertainties in making Local Plans, failures to identify housing sites and the length of time spent in negotiation over affordable housing and other contributions have all been cited as factors that have delayed housing delivery.
Despite successive initiatives emanating from the Government, the number of dwellings completed lags behind approvals. Even where local authorities have attempted to identify land and give planning consents, they have frequently faced local opposition to major new housing development.
The Barker Review identified the need for central government investment in social and affordable housing, alongside a freeing up of the land market, but this recommendation was never addressed. Instead, local authorities were encouraged to release the capital embodied in their housing through stock transfer. Even where housing was not sold, local authorities were forced to reduce their housing stocks through successive ‘Right to Buy’ policies.
Local authorities are now consenting more housing, and more public land is being released for development. However, the number of completed dwellings is still failing to rise significantly. When challenged by the Government, housing developers continue to argue that local authority planning restrictions remain an impediment to implementation, including the time taken to finalise legal agreements for developer contributions."
Professor Janice Morphet will lead discussions and would be interested in your views on the delivery of housing in the East of England.
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We are grateful to St Edmundsbury BC/Suffolk CC for hosting these events in West Suffolk House.
Free car parking is available (from 3.30pm) within 5 minutes' walk of West Suffolk House. Note: a major route into Bury St Edmunds is currently closed. Please therefore allow additional time for your journey. See https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roadworks/westley-rail-bridge-bury-st-edmunds/
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