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RIBA slams Killian Pretty response

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The government’s response to the Killian Pretty Review of the planning system is ‘disappointing’ and will delay crucial reforms, the RIBA has told the AJ

Last year’s review of the planning system, led by Joanna Killian of Essex County Council and David Pretty, the former chief executive of Barratt Developments, put forward 17 proposals that would make it ‘swifter and more effective’.

However, the government response released yesterday (5 March), suggests a further round of consultation on many of key issues and limited definitive action – a disappointment to RIBA president Sunand Prasad.

‘While the RIBA welcomes much of the government’s response to the final report of the Killian Pretty review, we are disappointed both by the delay caused by adding further consultations to the process and by the government’s lack of ambition in accepting some of Killian Pretty’s key recommendations,’ said Prasad.

The main response trailed by the government is the lifting of some of the requirements placed on small non-residential applications, including minor extensions and changes to shop-fronts. It claims these will save the economy £300 million a year, but will still have to consult on the proposals before putting them in place.

Wider changes to planning conditions, the engagement of statutory consultees and performance frameworks will be consulted on in the autumn.

The RIBA is still hurt that its request for design review panels to be made available to local authorities was ignored by the Killian Pretty review and in the government response and says it ‘will continue to highlight this to the government’.

The full response can be found on the Department of Communities and Local Government website.

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