The RIBA has published its own general election manifesto urging the next government to ensure the UK grows as a global trading nation
The document also calls for the retention of the ‘existing mutual professional recognition agreement’ with the EU during the Brexit negotiations and urges that any new government should confirm the status of non-UK EU nationals in the UK.
It adds that the UK should develop new mutual recognition agreements with key trading nations outside the UK, including the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
In addition, the manifesto says the next government needs to ‘put local people at the heart of the planning system’, for example by supporting a more robust package of devolved housing and planning powers, as well as ending the use of commercial confidentiality for viability assessments in Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy negotiations.
The manifesto goes on to state the next government should deliver more high-quality new homes, ensure better design of public buildings and explore the potential of ’multifunctional flood defences’.
RIBA president Jane Duncan said: ’Our political leaders recognise the need to improve quality of life across the country; they can start by supporting a better built environment.
’The RIBA’s manifesto outlines how the next UK government can ensure that our communities have great, high-quality, sustainable places in which to live, work and play.
‘Whoever forms the next UK government must recognise the strength and importance of our global cultural links and influence, and continue to support us by safeguarding our ability to attract the brightest and best talent from around the world, as well as ensuring post-Brexit that architects practising in the UK are in an environment where they can thrive.’
Ahead of the general election on 8 June, the AJ will be conducting a second poll of the profession. The previous survey, in April, showed that architects had remained loyal to Labour, but a surge for the Liberal Democrats indicated that Brexit was a key election issue (see AJ 26.04.17).
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