The planning system is broken and unfit for purpose, according to a new report by a former housing minister.
The Raynsford Review of Planning, to be published this week, concludes the system is no longer working in the long-term public interest of communities or the country. It is weak, deregulated and less effective than at any time in the past three-quarters of a century, according to the report.
“It’s much worse than we thought,” said Hugh Ellis, director of policy at the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), which commissioned the study.
Indeed, the results of the consultation, which was launched last June, were so alarming that it prompted Nick Raynsford, TCPA president and a minister for housing and planning under Tony Blair, to publish some findings early.
Raynsford said. “There can be few, if any, public services that more justify the adage, ‘We can’t go on like this.’ The system is confronting a major crisis.”