RIBA backs calls for government to bolster planning system

RIBA's 66 Portland Place headquarters

Government ‘must recognise urgency for greater investment’, says Ben Derbyshire

The RIBA has added its voice to those calling for the government to fix the planning system in order to address the housing crisis.

Responding to a report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) on Friday RIBA president Ben Derbyshire said the attitude towards planning needed to change at the top level.

The NAO report said the Ministry of Housing needed to take failings with England’s planning system more seriously if government commitments to ramp up housing delivery were to be met, with the public-spending watchdog saying the department had only a limited understanding of the weaknesses in the nation’s planning system.

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