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New 50 Shades of Planning Podcast – Episode 21: Everybody needs good neighbours.

Kevin Whitmore BECG

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Kevin Whitmore


Where does the recent run of local plan failures at St Albans, Sevenoaks, Wealden and Chiltern & South Bucks leave the Duty to Cooperate (DtC)? As well as being bad law it seemed obvious to most practitioners at the time that the DtC was bad planning and a regression from the Regional Spatial Strategies that it sought to replace. What hope is there that forthcoming devolution and planning White Papers will tackle the underlying technical and political issues that undermine the DtC? If they do not, what hope is there for the Government’s aim, as set out in a March 2020 policy paper, for local plan coverage across England by 2023?

In this episode Sam Stafford discusses the DtC with:

  • Catriona Riddell, Catriona Riddell & Associates
  • Zack Simons, Barrister at Landmark Chambers
  • Peter French, Senior Policy Officer at the County Councils Network (CCN)

BECG proudly supports the 50 Shades of Planning Podcast from Samuel Stafford, Regional Strategic Land Director at Barratt Developments.

If you’d like to take part in the podcast or want help managing or launching your own podcast then please get in touch on 0161 359 4100 or email Kevin Whitmore.



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