RICS government relations team sets out policy prioirities

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors will target three key issues in discussions with government policymakers during 2019/20.

Big Ben

The London headquarters of the RICS is located near the Houses of Parliament, on the opposite side of Parliament Square. (Photo: Tony Roberts, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr)

Annette McGill

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has announced that it will prioritise housing supply, the future of the high street and climate change in its discussions with national and regional governments.

On housing supply, the RICS says governments must deliver housing with a planning system that works holisitically with the community and delivers housing that  is built to good standards and via a variety of delivery methods.

The RICS says urgent action is needed to save high streets. It does not propose any solutions, but flags up issues such as business rates reform, landlords reducing rents and community-focussed high streets. 

Paradigm Shift

The RICS says a paradigm shift is necessary in the built environment sector to meet the challenge of climate change.  30-40 per cent of carbon emissions are attributable  from the built environment - both from the operational use of built assets, but also through their construction.