The RTPI is delighted to announce that it will act as secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Planning, chaired by Conservative MP Mark Prisk.
The group held its 2019 AGM on 27 March with the RTPI acting as secretariat for the first time – in this role, the RTPI will handle vital administrative duties including arranging meetings and keeping track of members. Other MPs and peers who attended the meeting were crossbencher Lord Best (Vice-Chair), Labour MPs Helen Hayes (Vice-Chair) and David Drew (Honorary Secretary), Conservative MP Eddie Hughes (Vice-Chair) and Liberal Democrat Lord Shipley (Honorary Treasurer).
Mark Prisk MP said: ‘As the new Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning, I am delighted that the Royal Town Planning Institute will be providing the APPG’s secretariat support. Now we have held our AGM and appointed our officers, we can get to work with our parliamentary colleagues to discuss how planning is able to play its vital role in delivering the housing and thriving communities the country needs.’
The APPG is in the process of drawing up a programme of meetings for the rest of 2019 to discuss issues that its members feel merit scrutiny. It is hoped that there will be a further three meetings during the year, with at least one involving a site visit. APPGs bring together groups of parliamentarians – both MPs and peers – with a shared interest in a subject, enabling them to work together across party boundaries to explore issues around that subject. Although the groups are informal with no official status, they are able to publish reports and often bring their findings to the attention of ministers.