The policy environment for architects and the construction sector overall is changing swiftly with the advent of new frameworks, legislation and regional structures. The National Planning Policy Framework (draft stage), The Localism Bill and Neighbourhood Planning, the recently published Housing Strategy, as well as the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships within the regions, and the upcoming Mayoral referendums are bound to have a significant effect on regional business and the planning environment.
The RIBA is engaging with Whitehall, as the recent HomeWise campaign, the creation of the Future Homes Commission and the news of RIBA being consulted on housing design by Government illustrate. We at RIBA West Midlands are also working to keep abreast of local policy developments and build links with local Government and business on behalf of our members.
Recently we have been involved in supporting a Property & Construction LEP Forum and lobbying for a stronger involvement of architects and the construction sector in the work of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. We are also being consulted through the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce on the powers and responsibilities of a possible Mayoral system after the referendum in 2012, and are due to attend a briefing with the leader of the opposition, Ed Milliband.
What counts most in all this are your views and feedback – in changing times your opinion needs to be heard. To find out more or to get involved with helping to shape the new legislative and political frameworks, get in touch with our West Midlands office in Birmingham.
If you are interested in the topic of Localism you might also want to attend RIBA West Midlands’ Localism Breakfast Briefing in January, and register for the Planning Portal’s ‘Planning for Growth’ conference.