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Reports Of The Death Of Dr Beeching Have Been Exaggerated

Headlines about the new national strategic vision for rail concentrated on an alleged Government plan to reverse Beeching, which must have been a relief to ministers given that the document looks like making our dysfunctional franchising system even worse and more expensive to the taxpayer. Reversin...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 07 December 2017

Be Careful What You Wish For

There has been much understandable relief that chancellor Philip Hammond ignored calls from flaky think-tanks for wholesale releases of land in green belts for housing. But his Budget was very far from good news in many other ways. There were a few good things in it on the brownfield housing front a...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 November 2017

Predict And Arrive

I was recently challenged to produce a plan for building five million homes in over the next 50 years. My initial reaction was to react like the apocryphal bloke in deepest rural Ireland who, asked by a passing motorist the way to Limerick, replied that if he were going to Limerick, he wouldn-apos-t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 November 2017

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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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