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BARKER REVIEW: A WELCOME FOR 'ROBUST REPORT'

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The Royal Town Planning Institute welcomes the robust research and analysis contained within the interim report of ...
The Royal Town Planning Institute welcomes the robust research and analysis contained within the interim report of the 'Barker Review of Housing Supply', (see LGCnet) together with Kate Barker's acknowledgement that there are useful planning reforms already in hand.

It is clear from the report that Barker is refuting press suggestions that she is arguing for a relaxation in the planning system. Rather she is saying that more applications should be coming forward on more land.

RTPI policy & research director Kelvin MacDonald said: 'The review's interim report throws down some challenges for planning, but makes it very clear that there are major challenges for all those involved in supplying housing - including government, landowners and the housebuilding industry.'

The RTPI looks forward to engaging in the next round of discussions on what is to be done.

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The RTPI warning came the day before the chancellor's pre-Budget statement in which he is expected to refer to the planning system. The statement will be accompanied by the publication of the report of findings of the Barker Review on the supply of housing.

The RTPI has just published a Manifesto for Planning (available here) setting out its proposals for more effective planning.

The RTPI is the professional body in the United Kingdom chartered to advance the science and art of town planning in all its aspects (national, regional and local) for the benefit of the public.

It has a membership of over 18,000 who work in local and central government, planning education, resear ch and private practice.

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at: www.rtpi.org.uk

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