A study by the Place Alliance team at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL warns that it will take until 2077 for every local planning authority to have at least one urban design officer.

The research has come whilst the Government moves to a design-led planning system in England. Planning Alliance says numerous reports over many years have identified a skills crisis in local authorities, most recently by the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission, which found this a key barrier to raising the general standard of urban design across the country.