TCPA calls for "radical" planning reform

The Town and Country Planning Association has launched a manifesto aiming to "put people back at the heart of planning".

Apartment building. Image: MorgueFile
Apartment building. Image: MorgueFile

The Planning4People Manifesto forms part of a year-long collaboration between the TCPA and the Webb Memorial Trust. It sets out what the association believes planning should be, highlighting the need to place people at the heart of planning proses and to emphasise social justice as a key outcome.

Key asks of Government include:

  •  amending the 2004 Planning Act to make developers work sustainably and with social equality in mind
  •  giving councils back power over permitted development
  •  restoring placemaking standards, including making mandatory minimums for accessibility and space
  •  adding to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to ensure outcomes for people are as important as the needs of landowners and developers

Dr Hugh Ellis, TCPA head of policy, said: "We all care about the quality of our lives and condition of our communities. People need decent healthcare, schools, jobs, public transport, green spaces, locally grown food, low-carbon energy, affordable homes which are accessible and have enough space for kids to play, a creative culture, vibrant sports and the arts.

"These are all things that make life worth living. These are the things that all sections of society should be able to enjoy as a matter of course regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. These are the foundations of the good society. These are the things that planning can, and should, make happen."

"As we strive to put people back at the heart of planning, we are inviting organisations and individuals who, like us, think that the aim of planning should be to improve people's lives, to sign up to support the manifesto."

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