The RIBA has today responded to the government’s new ‘radical and necessary reforms’ to England’s planning system.
RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:
“For too long, England’s housing market has failed to meet public demand while generating enormous returns for shareholders and executives of the large housebuilders.
We urgently need a broad mix of affordable, age-friendly and sustainable housing – but it looks as though this so called ‘planning revolution’ will deliver the opposite.
Only two weeks ago the government saw fit to extend Permitted Development regulations, contrary to its own experts and research, which have made clear the damaging consequences.
The government has missed a huge opportunity to make changes to the planning system for the better, and we call for urgent reconsideration. Deregulation is not the way to bring about new homes.”
Notes to editors:
1. Press contact: Abigail.Chiswell-White@riba.org or +44 (0) 20 7307 3811.
2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.