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RTPI: budget is mandate for tin sheds and Legoland housing

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has attacked the Chancellor’s move to allow builders and other developers to ignore planning law

The institute, which represents 23,000 planning organisations and professionals, said ‘genuine localism’ will be wrecked if companies are allowed to build ‘what they like, where they like’.

Group president Richard Summers said: ‘If sweeping changes announced to the planning system result in the default position being yes to development, then there is real danger that within a decade we will end up with an England of tin sheds, Legoland housing and US-style shopping malls.

‘Where will the incentive be in the future for developers to address issues such as climate change, environmental protection, design quality and affordable housing, if they know that the Government has tied the hands of local councillors who will be required to nod through most development proposals?

‘This could mean developers building what they like, where they like, and when they like. It’s a policy that finally buries genuine localism.’

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