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04/01/2018

News analysis: It's not just about the numbers

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) Annual Conference – ‘Better homes, better places’ – took place the day after the Autumn Budget, meaning the Chancellor’s statement was at the forefront of attendees’ minds, writes Laura Edgar.

While the government placed great emphasis on numbers and money – new or reannounced – the speakers and audience placed the emphasis on people, place-making and cooperation.

TCPA chief executive Kate Henderson noted Philip Hammond’s target of building 300,000 homes a year, saying that talking about the numbers “does not get the homes built”.

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