TCPA welcomes Armitt Review
Published by Fiona Mannion for TCPA in Central Government
Leading housing and planning charity, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), has welcomed Sir John Armitt’s independent Review into long term infrastructure planning in the UK and its call for a joined up long-term strategic vision for the country and a new National Infrastructure Commission with statutory independence and democratic accountability.
Kate Henderson, TCPA Chief Executive said:
“England is alone in North West Europe in having no national or sub-national spatial planning approach to the major challenges that face us as a nation, including housing, climate change and rebalancing the economy. The Armitt Review rightly highlights the need for a joined-up strategic approach to our infrastructure provision and the necessity to create certainty for investors beyond electoral cycles.”
“A planning system which is truly fit for purpose must offer a strong narrative of strategic spatial policy, from national through sub-national and city-regional to local and neighbourhood levels. This is simply because the challenges we are confronted with in infrastructure investment, housing, climate change and social inclusion are played out at differing spatial scales. A position where there is no linkage between high-level national policy and localised planning strategies is neither practical nor in the best interest of the sustainable development of the nation.”
In responding to the Armitt Review the TCPA highlighted that integrating the differing spatial challenges into a coherent framework would help guide investment and decision-making in all sectors and that this is not about simplistic top-down imposition.
Kate Henderson added:
“We need to deal efficiently with the governance of any new strategic body and we are pleased to see this addressed in John Armitt’s recommendations. Public legitimacy has been the key stumbling block of all previous attempts at regional or national infrastructure planning. Creating structures without proper democratic and procedural rights' will fail to deliver cross party support.”