Alok Sharma, the MP for Reading West, has today been appointed the new Housing and Planning Minister.
Stephen Wilkinson, RTPI President said:
"We welcome the new Minister for Housing and Planning, Alok Sharma. The RTPI has a long history of working closely with previous ministers and looks forward to working with the new one. The delivery of affordable housing, built in the right places with the appropriate infrastructure and services, will be a key priority for the new Minister. We look forward to working with him to ensure planners continue to play a central role in delivery."
The RTPI will be writing to the new Minister to seek a meeting with him, as soon as possible, to discuss planning’s role in delivery and the implementation of the measures contained within the Housing White Paper.
Yesterday, the RTPI welcomed Sajid Javid’s re-appointment as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Other Ministerial appointments with an impact on planning and the built environment:
Philip Hammond continues as Chancellor of the Exchequer
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Greg Clark continues as Secretary of State
Department for Transport
Chris Grayling continues as Secretary of State
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Michael Gove is the new Secretary of State
Department for International Trade
Liam Fox continues as Secretary of State and is also President of the Board of Trade
Department for International Development
Priti Patel continues as the Secretary of State
Department for Education
Justine Greening continues as the Secretary of State
Department for Work and Pension
David Gauke is the new Secretary of State
Secretary of State for Scotland
David Mundell continues as Secretary of State
Secretary of State for Wales
Alun Cairns continues as Secretary of State
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
James Brokenshire continues as Secretary of State
Minister for London
Greg Hands in the new Minister
Full list of UK Government Cabinet appointments