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RIBA urges architects to ‘Get local’

The RIBA has urged architects to seize the localism agenda and help communities make the most of their new planning powers

Practices have been called on to lend their skills and expertise to help create ‘exciting and bold visions’ for the future of areas they live and work in.

The rallying cry coincided with the launch of two new RIBA guides explaining how the proposed changes to the planning system will affect architects

Called Opportunities for architects Part one: Neighbourhood planning and Opportunities for architects Part two: Getting community engagement right, the documents will be formally launched at an event in Newcastle on Friday 4 November.

The first guide highlights the design skills architects can use to get involved in developing neighbourhood plans.

The second guide shows how architects can enable local communities to participate fully in shaping the way their local area looks and feels.

RIBA president Angela Brady said: ‘Architects have the skills and expertise to help realise localism. We can develop a ‘vision’ and bring inspiring ideas. We can help people set ambitious targets, have a real say in their local area, and create – through good design – places that will improve the quality of their lives.

‘Many of us are already working closely with local communities but we need to seize this opportunity to work together to create the best environment for their neighbourhoods.’


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