Planning Authorities

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 1st June 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the (a) leadership, (b) capacity or (c) capability of planning departments in local authorities.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Minister for Housing)

I recognise the challenges that local planning authorities are facing. Our aim is to ensure that local authority planning departments have the capacity and skills to make better places, deliver levelling up and provide an efficient service.

We are engaging with representatives from across local government, the private sector, and professional bodies to design and deliver a skills strategy.

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