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Planning 2020: The Raynsford Review of Planning in England

In 2017 the Town and Country Planning Association commissioned an independent review of planning in England led by the former planning minister, Nick Raynsford. The aim of the Raynsford Review  was to identify ways of reforming the English planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and more capable of delivering quality outcomes, while ensuring the delivery of new homes. The task force which informed the review also included academics, policy makers, practitioners and politicians.

An Interim Report, published in May 2018 concluded that a decade of near-continuous change had only increased the problems of widespread disenchantment with the planning system that the reforms were intended to resolve; and that there was a need for a more fundamental review of the whole planning process rather than more short-term tinkering.

The report set out a number of propositions which the task force believed can and should underpin a new fairer and more effective planning system.

Further work has been undertaken since then to test these propositions and a final report was published in November 2018 setting out 24 recommendations for the reform of planning in England.

These recommendations are based on a detailed literature review, an examination of the conclusions of previous reviews of planning, a number of specific policy analysis papers, and written and oral evidence submitted to the review.