RPS CgMs participates in discussions with Special Advisor on Housing and Planning Policy

On September 14th, Karen Jones, Planning Director at RPS CgMs visited No.10 to participate in discussions with Alex Morton, Special Advisor on Housing and Planning Policy as part of the RTPI Major Consultancies Group.

Alex is the driving force for a number of Government initiatives for increasing the delivery of houses; for instance he argued for the conversion to homes for vacant offices and retail premises, and has a long held opinion that if local people control the quality of new housing, opposition to it will fall away. The debate at the meeting was focused on delivery, mainly of houses, and exposed some of the more radical thinking of Government, especially in relation to removing as much red tape and thus 'barriers' to getting things done.

"It was incredibly useful to meet one of the main people behind these initiatives and to particularly hear the low esteem that the planning regime is presently held in by the upper echelons, particularly the Treasury" advises Karen. "It made us acutely aware of the need for high level discussions and influence, and Alex opened up future opportunities to meet with Greg Clark and Brendon Lewis".

For more information contact Karen Jones

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