The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has called on MPs to seize a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to give local communities a bigger input into shaping their neighbourhoods
Trudi Elliott, the body’s chief executive, also called for a simplified planning system as she gave oral evidence to MPs who are carrying out scrutiny of the Localism Bill. The RTPI will also submit written evidence at a later date.
Although broadly supportive of measures in the Bill, Elliott told MPs that she was disappointed at the decision to end grant funding to planning aid at a time when local communities are going to need as much support as possible getting to grips with a new system.
Elliott added: ‘We do still have areas of concern about the Bill and suggestions about how overcome them. Ministers have, for example, a once-in-a-generation opportunity, if they get it right, to genuinely involve communities in shaping their neighbourhoods.
‘We want a planning system that is as clear, as simple, and as free from challenge as you can make it. It also needs to have proper resourcing if the Government’s vision is to be realised.’