See the report here

The inquiry found that local authority planning departments ‘have been diminished by funding cuts, leading to a loss in capacity and skills’. It recommends a focus on improving funding for planning practice and for promoting skills and raising capacity at the local level so that the planning profession regains the ‘status and prestige it deserves’.

The committee urges the government to rethink recent changes to planning regulations, which in its view diminish the ability of LPAs to require development that takes account of long-term challenges.