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21 Nov 2018
Planning 2020 – the Raynsford ReviewTweet
The final report of the Raynsford Review of Planning in England was launched on 20 November by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). William Upton is a member of the Review Task Force.
For those who are understandably tired of changes to the system, the key message of the Review is that change is inevitable because the current system is unstable, unpopular and inefficient. The only question is whether change will be systematic, evidenced based and sensible. In place of short-term tinkering, we need to take a long, hard look at the fundamentals – the purpose of planning, how it can best be structured, and how all parties can engage most constructively in the planning process.
There are 24 recommendations. One of the key ones is that there should be a new legal duty to deliver sustainable development in England, that “The purpose of the planning system is to positively promote the long-term sustainable development of the nation and the health, safety and wellbeing of individuals. In the Planning Acts, ‘sustainable development’ means:
The Report is available here