PRESS RELEASE: Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse MP to speak at Parliamentary meeting

Embargo: Immediate release 1st May 2019

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies today (1st May 2019) announced that Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Craig McWilliam, CEO of Grosvenor UK and Ireland will both address the next APPG for Civic Societies meeting.

Craig Mackinlay MP said: “We invited the Minister, Kit Malthouse MP, to give him an opportunity to share his thoughts on how we can ensure more meaningful participation in the planning system. We are also keen to hear from Craig McWilliam from Grosvenor about how we can rebuild public trust in the planning system and from other speakers who will be sharing insights from the community and council perspectives.”
The full line-up for the APPG for Civic Societies meeting on May 7th includes:

• Matthew Carmona: Chair, The Place Alliance
• Sarah James: Membership & Policy Officer, Civic Voice
• Craig Mackinlay MP: Chair, APPG for Civic Societies
• Kit Malthouse MP: Housing Minister
• Craig McWilliam: CEO, Grosvenor UK and Ireland

The meeting will provide a forum for community groups and policy makers to ask, how can we move the conversation about building homes, away from confrontation, into one of collaboration? In doing so, can we rebuild public trust and confidence in the planning system?

Ian Harvey, Executive Director for Civic Voice said: “This meeting is the latest stage in our work to support the Government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. We have been pleased to meaningfully engage with the Commission and to represent the views of civic societies across England. This meeting will see us share our latest research. We are delighted the Minister, Craig McWilliam and Matthew Carmona will join the discussion. Outside of local councils, the civic movement is the largest participant in the planning system, so we have significant experience and knowledge of what communities believe to be the solution in delivering the homes the nation needs. We look forward to sharing our interim findings.”

Registration to attend is available via

1 Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement. We work to make the places where everyone lives more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive and to promote civic pride. We speak up for civic societies and local communities across England. We believe everyone should live somewhere they can be proud of and we know how people feel about places because we feel the same way. Civic societies are the most numerous participants in the planning system. Further information is available at including how to join Civic Voice (£10 individuals) and contact details for local civic societies.

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