At the second session of the Commons communities and local government committee inquiry, chairman Clive Betts probed the need for strategic planning between local and national level.
Town and Country Planning Association chief planner Hugh Ellis said the tier could have been reformed without abolition and the uncertainty that followed. "The only question is what shape it should be," he said.
RTPI junior vice-president Colin Haylock agreed on the need for democratic accountability but raised concerns about local enterprise partnerships. "We need to look at who is policing the process and how they enforce co-operation when there is a view that it is necessary."