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RTPI GIVES 'GUARDED WELCOME' TO VAZ'S PLANNING POLICIES

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The Royal Town Planning Institute has given a 'guarded welcome' to the Labour Planning for Prosperity initiative la...
The Royal Town Planning Institute has given a 'guarded welcome' to the Labour Planning for Prosperity initiative launched by planning spokesman Keith Vaz.

Jed Griffiths, immediate past president of the RTPI, who was a member of the advisory group which contributed to the review, said many of the policies were commendable and would be supported by the institute.

In particular he hoped that Labour would have special regard to two important policy areas mentioned by Mr Vaz - sustainable development and strategic planning.

'I am very pleased to hear that Keith Vaz referred to sustainable development. It has been given international prominence and should rightly be addressed in any consultation of national planning policy.'

Mr Griffiths continued: 'I would like to endorse Mr Vaz's support for strategic planning, especially for a national planning strategy. This needs to be developed too are the regional level, especially in terms of political organisation and funding mechanisms.'

He added that many of the other proposed policies were broadly supported by the institute and were in line with current thinking.

'The conclusions on the renewal of town centres, retail development and improving the quality of life all merit support, but I would not support any departure by the Labour party from the sound principles already included in PPG6 and PPG13. We would advocate the clarification of the rules for planning gain. The setting up of a Planning Advisory Committee for consideration of national policy issues is also a suggestion worth detailed study.

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