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Keep The Arc Lights Burning

The Government-apos-s latest publication on the so-called Oxford-Cambridge Arc is a very odd document. It announces itself as an opportunity to work with communities and local partners, but only so as to develop a plan for growth. Given the unsustainable level and form of growth already mooted for t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 22 February 2021

The Arc And Tranquillity

Writing about the English landscape in the 1950s, W.G. Hoskins remarked that the price of solitude was eternal vigilance. Seventy years later, solitude is a lost cause in most of the crowded south-east corner of England. Paradoxically, however, and for various reasons, loneliness has increased. To ...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 19 February 2021

A Level Planning Field

If a society is to function smoothly and fairly, one necessity is an adequate level of health among the majority of its population. For this reason, the medical profession, human and institutional, is of huge importance. It is part of the critical infrastructure of a nation. And for this reason too,...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 26 January 2021

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Devolution deals needed on planning and environment

Added on 07 December 2017

The Royal Town Planning Institute has warned that letting Whitehall regulate planning and the environment post-Brexit will not uphold existing standards.

The Institute′s response to the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Committee inquiry into devolution and Brexit says powers must be repatriated to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This would give them the authority and responsibility to implement devolved functions carried over from EU directives.

Current repatriation proposals do not require consent from the devolved administrations, putting the UK in breach of the Sewel Convention. But, without such consent, environmental standards would be harder to implement. The RTPI says a new oversight and enforcement body is needed.

"A new body should be established to oversee this and hold nations to account if necessary," said head of policy Richard Blyth. "We think this approach will give the UK the best chance of continuity in environmental policy and maintaining of quality and standards."

Royal Town Planning Institute

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