The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today responded to the government’s proposed planning reforms to speed up the delivery of schools and hospitals.
RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:
“We’ve been long calling for a more flexible, streamlined planning system – these proposals could therefore have potential. But we have also been clear that any simplifications to “fast track” projects cannot be made at the expense of quality, safety or sustainability.
Poor quality schools, hospitals and homes underprovide to communities, can be more costly to the taxpayer over the long-term and waste the huge benefits that well considered design brings to society. We will be responding to the consultation on supporting housing delivery and look forward to working with the government ensure we end up with a reformed planning system that works for everyone.”
Notes to editors:
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