Taylor review: sector reaction

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has welcomed 'the speed and comprehensiveness' of the Taylor review of planning guidance, which was published today.

RTPI president Colin Haylock
RTPI president Colin Haylock
Responding to the publication of the report, which outlined ways to reduce the amount of planning guidance along with gaps and areas for improvement in the current suite of planning guidance documents, RTPI president Colin Haylock said the body was "very pleased that government has begun to tackle this issue".

He said: "A proliferation of guidance from a wide span of decades serves no-one's purposes and brings planning into disrepute by association. We welcome the concept of a chief planner as gatekeeper to a single fit-for-purpose guidance portal.

"We welcome the government's consultation on the report and will again be working in partnership to help ensure we secure a range of guidance which meets the needs of the wide range of users of the planning system."

Umbrella body the National Housing Federation has also welcomed the report. Assistant director Helen Williams said the review would "enable England to have a simpler, speedier and more positive planning system".

She added: "The scale of the existing guidance, much of which is out of date, is confusing for developers, local authorities and the public. Simplifying and putting it online together with examples of best practice will make it easier to find and understand and will save time.

"We support the panel’s call to prioritise housing market and land assessments, and to update environmental guidance. This is critical in ensuring we get the homes we need, and not at the expense of the environment".

This article will be updated as more reaction comes in.

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