Local government funding expert Tony Travers of the London School of Economics Greater London Group pointed to Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) figures (see infographic below). "Planning departments have been hit disproportionately by cuts," he said. "Spending on planning departments is not ringfenced, so they are a target for savings."
Travers said Local Government Association forecasts suggest that there will be a similar level of cuts in the future, with projections of overall local government spending dropping from £48 billion in 2014/15 to around £42.5 billion by 2019/20, "although the split is not yet clear". The hunt for alternative funding for planning teams is becoming increasingly urgent. "Councils need well-resourced planning departments to progress their local plans and achieve the housebuilding figures that the government wants us to deliver," said Planning Officers Society (POS) president David Evans. "This is impossible in the current funding regime."
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