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Following Kate Barker’s interim report on land use planning and in advance of the Local Government White Paper and Comprehensive Spending Review 2007, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the TCPA brought together some of the leading players in the planning and development world to engage directly in the debate about the state and future of the planning system.
Consequently we jointly hosted a series of three seminars in Bristol, London and Birmingham. We wanted to promote a debate among experts, policy makers and planners about what progress has been made and what issues need to be addressed. Most of all we wanted to establish a realistic agenda for change.
In London we discussed Planning for Productivity with Kate Barker in attendance. In Bristol we moved to Incentivising Planning, and in Birmingham we debated Planning Delivery Systems. Each seminar was well attended and participants enjoyed a lively debate. Attendees included government officials, members of environmental and voluntary sector groups, housing associations, business representatives, housebuilders, developers, architects, law firms, the Regional Development Agencies, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, the Planning Advisory Service, the Planning Inspectorate, and planners from across differing authority types and regions. In total over 50 people contributed to the discussions and we are grateful for their time and support.
This report is not a minute of proceedings and does not seek to capture every viewpoint. Instead it highlights the main points that resonated most with attendees and suggests a number of practical recommendations. We hope that ‘Permission to Plan’ provides some useful food for thought and contributes to the important public debate about how we can best create a modern, democratic planning system fit for purpose for the 21st Century.