Another Planning Reform Day has been and gone, but this was a bigger one than usual. The sector had been whipped into a frenzy ever since Policy Exchange, from whence Downing Street’s housing and planning advisor came, published it’s ‘Rethinking the Planning System for the 21st Century’ report in January.
‘It’s this week!’. ‘No I’ve heard it’s next week’. It’s a White Paper’. ‘No, it’s a Policy Paper…’ And so it went on until, all of a sudden, everybody agreed that it was midnight and then, like a general election result, planners had to decide whether to stay up really late or get up really early (or both).
And now, a few days later and as the excitement subsides, we are left to ask ourselves what the ‘Planning For The Future’ White Paper really means. Is it ‘radical reform unlike anything we have seen since the Second World War’, as Her Majesty’s Government would have us believe or is it ‘a developer’s charter that will see communities side lined in decisions’ as Her Majesty’s Opposition would have us believe?
The Government put together a task force to draft the White Paper which will be interpreted and discussed by guest speakers:
- Matthew Spry, Senior Director, Lichfields
- Ruth Stockley, Barrister, Kings Chambers
- Anna Rose, Head of the Planning Advisory Service, Local Government Association
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