Localism could miss the big picture on planning
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has contacted Eric Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, to request the opportunity to give input into planning at the “larger-than-local level”.
Twenty-nine national bodies are in agreement that they need to work with the Government to ensure that strategic planning involved in the localism move is carried out effectively.
Planning at the “larger-than-local level” enables communities and groups of communities to express a vision for the future of an area wider than their own locality. Importantly, it can provide certainty to investors, infrastructure providers, community initiatives, developers and enterprises and help secure a prosperous and sustainable future for the country.
Ann Skippers, President of the RTPI, said: “Communities need some level of strategic thinking beyond the local level to deliver many of the things they want, such as hospitals, transport links, waste management and flood protection. The most pressing issues facing the nation, for example, such as the housing crisis, economic recovery, climate change and biodiversity loss, cannot be dealt with solely at a local level.
“We have come together to work with the Coalition Government and local authorities to help develop thinking, policies and systems for planning to encourage and support joint planning across local authority boundaries so that the localism agenda may be used to enable democratic strategic planning to take place.”
Alastair McCapra, LI CEO, said: “The localism agenda is good for landscape in many ways, but it poses some big challenges for green infrastructure and climate change adaptation in particular. We will be working with other professional bodies and NGOs to influence the direction of Government thinking on localism over the coming months.”
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