RICS calls for localism planning guidance

A Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) report has said there may be a need for 'comprehensive guidance' on the Government's Localism Bill reforms, prior to their introduction.

The report, The Status of the Planning and Development Sector, draws on evidence from a nationwide consultation, held in autumn 2010, with senior councillors, planners and property professionals.

The report highlights several key areas including:

  • A clear vision for economic growth, sustainability and community must be at the heart of all local planning policy;
  • There may be further need for more comprehensive guidance and information for the sector prior to legislation being enacted;
  • Thorough planning and research is essential to deliver responsible localism;
  • The measures of the Localism Bill must be well communicated to local communities and the planning sector.

RICS Planning and Development Professional Group Board Faraz Baber said: "This report provides a timely stock-take of some of the key opportunities and challenges that property professionals and local authorities face in the localist context.

"It offers clear action points for both government and property professionals to take forward to ensure that the sector delivers sustainable economic growth."

The report will be presented today to communities secretary Eric Pickles MP at RICS Headquarters in London.


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