Magazine article Public Finance

Interim Planning Report 'Not Rooted in the Real World'

Magazine article Public Finance

Interim Planning Report 'Not Rooted in the Real World'

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The Treasury-commissioned review of planning has not been critical enough of the failures of central government, planners said this week.

Commenting on economist Kate Barker's interim report from her review, the Royal Town Planning Institute said there was not enough recognition of the fact that planning is a democratic process that has to mediate between local and national needs, and economic and environmental targets.

Launching her report on July 4, Barker said she saw no need for massive restructuring. But aspects of planning were hindering UK productivity and needed to adapt to meet new pressures presented by population growth, globalisation and climate change.

"The process of making an application is increasingly burdensome and decisions have become less predictable because of the wide range of factors [planners] have to take into account,' she said. …

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