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BECGconversation episode 9: Delivering social value in planning

Written by

Andrew Howard


Social value is often misunderstood within the planning arena, and still hasn’t shaken off the perception that it is an inconvenience that prevents the delivery of new homes.

Despite this, social value has the ability to offer something that the standard planning framework cannot – the opportunity to significantly increase the value of new development in non-commercial terms.

For social value to be considered alongside viability and commercial returns, it needs to have a shared value for the private, public and voluntary sectors, ensuring that all stakeholders are benefitting from what should be the ‘golden thread’ of the planning process.

Hosted by BECG Managing Director Andrew Howard, the podcast includes leading speakers in the social value planning arena.

Speakers include:

  • Joanna Busz – Social Value Lead, Waltham Forest Council
  • Gus Alston – CEO, Stonegrove Community Trust
  • Harry Manley – Director, The Collective
  • Wesley Ankrah – Founder & Managing Director, SeerBridge

If you want to discuss this topic further then please email Andrew Howard.


BECGconversation is a podcast series covering a diverse range of topics across property, infrastructure, energy & utilities, transport, waste and recycling, environment, and healthcare and are available to download at any time.

If you would like to take part in the podcast or want help managing or launching your own podcast, then please get in touch with Rhiannon Thompson.


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