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Institute demands majorreform of planning system

The riba is calling for radical changes to the planning system, including taxes on empty properties and a 'social levy' on housebuilders. The demands will be contained in a 20-minute video, to be sent to local councils and also to ministers and mps. It is narrated by Colin James, honorary treasurer of the riba and leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, who argues that 'planning law must serve people rather than people being subservient to it'.

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