Institute calls on members to embrace government’s controversial planning reforms

The RIBA has called on architects to embrace the government’s localism agenda by publishing two new guides on the subject for the profession.

As the Localism Bill makes its final passage through parliament, the RIBA has highlighted what it describes as the “crucial role” that architects have to play in helping communities make the most of the new planning system and preparing neighbourhood plans.

The RIBA’s Guide to Localism - Opportunities for architects will be published in two parts and will be launched on Friday at the RIBA’s planning and localism conference in Newcastle.

Part one is on neighbourhood planning while part two examines the issue of ‘getting community engagement right’.

Both guides draw on real-life examples, from Dewsbury Town Centre in Yorkshire to Broadway Community Garden at the Tilbury Estate in Essex.

RIBA president Angela Brady said: “Architects have the skills and expertise to help realise localism. We can develop a ‘vision’ and bring inspiring ideas. We can help people set ambitious targets, have a real say in their local area, and create – through good design – places that will improve the quality of their lives.

“Many of us are already working closely with local communities but we need to seize this opportunity to work together to create the best environment for their neighbourhoods.”