The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the 2022 Queen’s Speech.
RIBA President, Simon Allford, said: “This was a Queen’s Speech delivered at a time of great political and economic change – so it is no surprise that a huge number of questions have been left unanswered.
“As further details emerge of the Government’s legislative agenda, I hope that we will see more detail on how built environment policy will be changed to address the climate emergency, building safety and cost of living crisis.
“With spending likely to remain tight, it is vital that the Government finds way to drive private investment in energy efficiency and sustainability. The proposals to improve design in the planning system are positive but without extra funding for planning reforms, higher regulatory standards and a national retrofit strategy the gap between rich areas and those in need of ‘levelling-up’ will continue to grow.”