Session 2001-02 16 October 2002

New Inquiry: Planning, Competitiveness and Productivity

The Committee on the ODPM: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions has resolved to undertake an inquiry into planning, competitiveness and productivity and has commissioned a review of the existing evidence to inform its deliberations. 

The Committee is interested in matters including:

•the costs and benefits of planning to business users and non-users of the planning system;

•the importance of planning relative to other factors in determining UK competitiveness and business growth;

•the effect of planning on economic development and on different regions and sectors of the UK economy; and

•the extent to which any problems are caused by: building and other regulations; the implementation of planning policies; or planning policies themselves.

The Committee is particularly interested in evidence and facts on this matter, rather than opinions.

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda before 15 November.  It is unlikely that memoranda submitted after this date will be published. (Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.)  Witnesses should also note that decisions about who to call for oral evidence are likely to be taken on the basis of the evidence received by this date.

Evidence should be sent to the Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, in electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to odpmcom@parliament.uk  or on a disk accompanying the hard copy; witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.  Please note that memoranda should be limited in length to six A4 pages.  Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.  Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/selcom/witguide.htm

Contact: Claire O'Shaughnessy, Committee Specialist 020 7219 6755.