Planners slam Government over ‘revolving door’ of housing ministers

The Royal Town Planning Institute is writing to Housing Minister Rachel Maclean MP, highlighting the need to deliver Government’s planning reform and housebuilding priorities.

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The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is writing to the Minister of State for Housing and Planning Rachel Maclean MP (main picture), highlighting the need to deliver Government’s planning reform and housebuilding priorities.

Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of the RTPI, says: “We look forward to working with the Minister, as we did with her predecessors to continue building a stronger planning system for the future.

TIRELESSLY

“The RTPI has worked tirelessly to help shape planning reform to benefit local communities and unlock economic, environmental and societal opportunities.

“The Housing Minister has been an important ally in achieving those goals.

“However, like many others, we are concerned that the high turnover of Ministers in such a fundamentally important role, to deliver the homes the nation so desperately needs, risks undermining the urgency of the situation, and does not tally with the recognition by the Government in its Levelling Up White Paper for a strong planning system.”

CONSISTENCY

Hills adds: “Now, more than ever, we need consistency in our leadership as we progress through the National Planning Policy Framework consultations and edge closer to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill receiving Royal Assent.

Victoria Hills, RTPI
Victoria Hills, RTPI

“We hope that Rachel Maclean MP brings the strong leadership and consistency to the position and as ever, offer our assistance in helping to inform decision-making.

“We believe that, by working together with the Housing Minister, we can continue to build a strong planning system for communities and businesses to thrive throughout the country, whilst delivering on the Government’s ambitions for achieving net zero.”


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