APPG for Civic Societies Chair, Craig Mackinlay MP, to welcome Griff Rhys Jones to Parliament

Civic Voice President, Griff Rhys Jones, to speak at APPG for Civic Societies meeting on 13 March 2018

Campaigner and President of Civic Voice, Griff Rhys Jones, is to speak at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies on Tuesday 13 March.

The meeting will be hosted in Parliament by Craig Mackinlay MP, who is Chair of the APPG for Civic Societies.

The APPG will be considering whether the NPPF Review will lead to the homes the nation needs and will call on individuals to use their voice and respond to the national consultation.

Griff Rhys Jones will say:

“If people care about where they live, they have to engage in the process. Civic Voice wants to hear the experiences of the planning system at a local level and I call on civic societies, resident associations and town and parish councils to respond to the review.

“The Civic Voice manifesto, “Localism for Real” sets out Civic Voice’s plans to put power into the hands of communities.

“I call on all community groups to join with Civic Voice and respond to the national consultation on the planning system.”

Craig Mackinlay MP, Chair of the APPG for Civic Societies said:

“The revision of the National Planning Policy Framework implements around 80 reforms announced last year by the Government and retains an emphasis on development that’s sustainable and led locally, but with a stronger focus on both greater freedoms and greater responsibilities for councils to deliver for their communities.


“It includes an even stronger drive for increasing density, particular in areas where housing need is high, but not at the expense of quality, something Civic Voice strongly campaigns for.


“The APPG for Civic Societies look forward to this debate and hearing from Griff Rhys Jones, RTPI and others”.


Registration is required to attend here.




- Griff Rhys Jones and Craig Mackinlay MP are available for media interviews by calling Ian Harvey on 07877096968


- Civic Voice works to make the places where everyone lives more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. We speak up for civic societies and local communities across England. We promote civic pride. We are the national charity for the civic movement and have a strong local presence. We believe everyone has the right to live somewhere they can be proud of. We know how people feel about places because we feel the same way. Civic societies are the most numerous participants in the planning system. Since its launch in April 2010 Civic Voice has been joined by 290 civic societies with more than 75,000 members. Further information is available at including how to join Civic Voice (£10 individuals) and contact details for local civic societies. More information on Civic Voice’s Planning for People campaign is available on our website here

- Places are still available for the Civic Voice convention and more information can be accessed via

For further information please contact:

Ian Harvey: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / 07877096968