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RIBA responds to parliamentary report on England's future planning system

Our response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s report on the future of England’s planning system.

10 June 2021

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s report on the future of England’s planning system.

RIBA President, Alan Jones said:

“The Select Committee report echoes many of our own concerns, albeit I am disappointed to see an extract from RIBA’s evidence about aesthetics taken somewhat out of context.

We have been clear, including in our response to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) consultation that current proposals lack critical detail about how they would work in practice, focusing too much on external visual appearance, at the expense of high-quality, safe, accessible and sustainable design.

We urgently require further detail from the Government on the replacement for Section 106 Agreements, the process for allocating land for new uses, and the proposed formula to set housing delivery targets.

It is only by considering such details that the Government will truly demonstrate their commitment to improving the quality of housing and all areas of the built environment for future generations.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. Press contact: Isabel.Campbell@riba.org 
  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.

 

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