RIBA Immediate Past President and Chair of the RIBA Planning Group, Ruth Reed said:
'Whilst we await the finer details of the planning reforms announced by the government today, we are concerned at the potential for further relaxation of planning rules to undermine the principles set out in the National Planning Policy Framework and in particular, the emphasis on design quality as a pillar of sustainable development. Successful development-driven growth will be dependent on high quality development, creating places where people want to live and businesses want to invest.
'Building much-needed new homes and infrastructure will be crucial in re-kickstarting the economy. The Review of Housing Standards announced today will therefore be crucial both in creating certainty and simplicity in housing standards, whilst also protecting the consumer by maintaining quality. We hope to continue our involvement in this work and look forward to working with developers and the government to find a good solution.'