RIBA Calls for Local Plans Overhaul, While Warning of Significant Planning Capacity Gaps 

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On Friday 20 October 2023, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) published its response to a government consultation on proposals intended to make local plans (and minerals and waste plans) simpler, faster to prepare, and more accessible. 

RIBA President Muyiwa Oki said: “Proposals to simplify and reform local plans are long overdue.  

“By setting a clear framework for the future of an area, local plans provide authorities with a vital, holistic, long-term vision for development. Measures to simplify the plan-making process, by focusing on specific local needs and priorities, are most welcome.    

“These reforms, if done well, would go a long way towards speeding up the delivery of high-quality design outcomes, while promoting the critical role of architects.  

“However, to ensure that local authorities can meet ambitious timelines and maintain best practice, the Government must also address the significant skills and capacity gaps in planning teams up and down the country. Proposals must be bolstered with comprehensive resource to ensure high-quality plan-making matches up to both current and future challenges.”

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