The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill.
RIBA President, Simon Allford, said:
“The Bill as it stands raises a lot of questions about how the Government’s manifesto target of 300,000 homes per year will be delivered.
Some of the proposals for improving community engagement and reforming current funding models are a step in the right direction. But we need to make sure funding models encourage the design of better places – maintaining a focus on long term value not just numbers. Money also needs to be allocated for local amenities and construction apprenticeships and training.
Broader engagement and consultation with communities is vital so I am concerned that street votes will end up as barriers confining discussions, and pushing development away from brownfields to places where there are no streets to vote.
We remain committed to working with the Government to ensure that enough well-designed, affordable homes and neighbourhoods are built in the right places, and that it makes good on its promise to offer all of England a devolution deal by 2030.”
Notes to editors:
- Media contact: Emily.Stallard@riba.org
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