The Raynsford Review of Planning

The Raynsford Review of Planning was 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.

The review is informed by a task force chaired by former housing and planning minister Nick Raynsford.

Updated final report

In January 2020, the TCPA published The Raynsford Review of Planning ‘One Year On’: 21st Century Slums?, an updated final report.


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 work with us throughout the review to represent the values of stakeholder groups and ensure that the process remains focused and independent. 

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