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The Hunt For Unicorns Goes On

It would, said communities secretary James Brokenshire, set out a vision of a planning system that delivers the homes we need. That was just six months ago as he launched what was supposed to be a new long-term National Planning Policy Framework to replace the disastrous 2012 version, although in re...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 February 2019

A Sewing Lesson

Pretty well everyone in the UK who is not either a volume house builder or one of their consultants now accepts that our natural environment is badly fragmented. So the DEFRA 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, published last February, is particularly interesting, containing as it does ideas fo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 January 2019

The Century The Earth Caught Fire

One bit of television you may have missed over the festive season was a rerun of the 1961 movie The Day The Earth Caught Fire. Basically the film is about a bunch of national newspaper journalists trying to find out why the weather is rapidly getting weirder. Weather events all around the world are ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 27 December 2018

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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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