New 50 Shades of Planning Podcast – Planning is brilliant

Kevin Whitmore BECG

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Kevin Whitmore


Planning is brilliant

A few months ago, old friend of the podcast Rebecca Coley, Head of Planning & Development at Trafford Council, messaged podcast host, Sam Stafford suggesting a 50 Shades episode on “the hidden work of LPAs that slows everything down, e.g. political pressure to investigate particular enforcement cases, the endless complaints that are actually neighbour disputes, FOI, all that kind of stuff”.

Sam thought that a good idea so they put together a group of senior planners to explore these issues further. That group included two other old friends of the podcast, Mike Kiely and Gilan Macinnes, and two new friends of the podcast, Simon Thomas and Dean Hermitage.

Towards the end of September 2023, they recorded an online conversation that takes in all of the hidden work that slows everything down, including complaints, FOI, and Environmental Information Regulations.

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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