In response to Paul Hyett's move on planning applications (AJ 19.7.01), the British Institute of Architectural Technologists (BIAT) supports the statement that regulation of the planning process should be reviewed to maintain quality and competency, and exclude potential 'cowboys'. However, for the RIBA president to state that only architects should be provided with this opportunity smacks of elitism. As president of the RIBA, Hyett should have a better awareness of the construction process in the UK and the realisation that the architect is part of the team.
There are others who are equally competent to submit planning applications. A full member of BIAT (MBIAT) has undertaken the necessary training and has the specialist technical skills to make them an appropriate professional to submit planning applications. If government were to consider this proposal I am sure that it would include all professionals who could demonstrate the necessary skills. Should this become a serious initiative, we look forward to working with the Government, together with the RIBA and others.
Francesca Berriman, chief executive, BIAT