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A Critical Moment For Climate Change

We environmentalists are usually better at dishing out criticism than taking it, but that may have to change now issues like climate change are shooting up the political agenda. Whether this last week does prove to be a turning point in governments, businesses and ordinary folk accepting the challen...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 April 2019

The Vision Thing

Planners are sensitive folk, hardly surprising given the abuse they get in their everyday work and the 15 year onslaught on the practice in England by Whitehall. But more than a few planning feathers have been ruffled by an article by URBED director David Rudlin which argues that 72 years of the pla...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 April 2019

Opacity And Secrecy

Anyone who has followed the planning system in England over the past 15 years will be aware that central government has been slowly but surely strangling the rights of local planning authorities and citizens to make a meaningful contribution to the decision making process. Sadly this has cut across ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 April 2019

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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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