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Budget 2009: Planners warn housing money must also go into infrastructure

The planning industry has welcomed chancellor Alistair Darling’s £1 billion housing package, but warned a proportionate stimulus was necessary to provide the essential economic, social and environmental infrastructure needed to deliver “genuinely sustainable” development.  

Royal Town Planning Institute president Martin Willey described the £1 billion package as “a critically important” measure to provide housing and stimulate economic recovery, but said: “The planning process is an essential part of any market recovery”.

“Local authority resources must be applied to projects, accelerating necessary social and physical infrastructure and housing and - above all - engaging the community and taking them with us.”

Mr Willey said councils should be able to use the Housing and Planning Delivery Grant “as they see fit” and not just to deliver housing plans.