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Reforming the UK's planning system to make it more responsive to people's needs and aspirations and to promote sustainable development has always been at the heart of the TCPA's mission.
While planning can claim many substantial achievements, the current system has often been criticised as out of touch with ordinary people's lives and not fit for purpose in securing lasting progress on key issues facing us today. The new coalition Government is advocating much greater collaborative democracy and placing a strong emphasis on localism. Recognising that one of the key challenges to the planning system is public trust, the Government is proposing to ‘radically reform the planning system'. Therefore, the TCPA could not have picked a more appropriate moment to undertake a constructive cross-sector dialogue on developing a leaner, more focused, fairer and more effective planning system.