The "it could be worse school of planning".., lol.
The integration of infrastructure & built environment in the UK is almost Victorian era level now, due to our history and post 60/70s planning, new vision is essential.
Winter gardens & train lines..it's neo Victorian?!
I think there is a perception that "the interest" as core participant for RIBA, would only be self interest. However there should be an architect expert however this is organised, because it is architects who integrate the requirements & understand for example why some surfaces are important to rate, others not, how ventilation can compensate for configuration etc., etc., our profession is not simply a matter of design there is a huge public interest component, however it is stymied by political expediency & economic criteria. All professions are at risk of not being impartial, engineers included!
Good designers are not ten a penny, but the conditions to allow them to flourish do not exist in any case. The profession does need to be more vocal and much more rigorous in its own defence. But sometimes all we can do is play a long game and at least two pigeons, one poor planning & the second lax regulation are now coming home to roost!