The Raynsford Review of Planning has been set up to identify how the government can reform the English planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes, while still encouraging the production of new homes.

It will be informed by a task force chaired by former planning minister Nick Raynsford.

Evidence will be collected over an 18-month period (beginning in late June 2017) and a final report published in late autumn 2018.


England is still becoming acquainted with a heavily deregulated planning system. Since 2010, when planning legislation was first relaxed to accommodate housing growth, there have been complaints from both the private and public sector that the system is unsustainable.

The Raynsford Review seeks to provide practical and comprehensive policy guidance to overcome these issues in a way that is mutually beneficial to all stakeholders.

We have set three aims for the project:

  • Engage constructively with politicians and council officers, communities, housing providers, developers, consultants and academics — all those interested in the built environment — about how we can deliver better placemaking through a fairer and more effective planning system.
  • Set out a positive agenda following the outcomes of the general election and planning hiatus.
  • Set out a new vision for planning in England and rebuild trust in the planning process by communicating with the public as well as professionals.

The review task force

Our core task force is made up of academics, politicians, policy makers and consultants. These ten members will work with us throughout the review to represent the values of stakeholder groups and ensure that the process remains focused and independent. 

Get involved

An interim report is to be published in May 2018, and regional events will be held:

  • 15th May, 17:00 - 18:30, London (Full, waiting list only)
  • 25th May, 13:00 - 15:00, Birmingham 
  • 4th June, 13:00 - 15:00, Leeds
  • 14th June, 13:00 - 15:00, Gateshead

Attending these events is free but registration is essential. Please RSVP to [email protected] with your name, job title and organisation, and further details will be sent to you.

The review team will be seeking further feedback before the final report is published in late autumn 2018.

If you would like to hear updates about the Raynsford Review or provide feedback on our interim report, please enter your details on our mailing list below.

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If you wish to contact the Review secretariat please email [email protected] 

Review research outputs

Articles of interest

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