English Planning in Crisis: new ideas to recapture the purpose of planning in England

Here is an excellent article about the importance of having a proper Town and Country Planning System; how the one we now have in the UK isn’t working; and how we need to go back to why we introduced one to begin with.

It is pointless for me to say more because the blog says what I want to say anyway. But just to tempt you to read it I shall quote the last few paragraphs:

“…..these proposals are underpinned by the values of the Utopian tradition that inspired examples of planning at its best, including garden cities and the 1947 Town Planning Act. These values include social justice, fair rights to participate in decisions, and the fair distribution of resources arising from the development of land and primary resources.”

“In conclusion, the authors of English Planning in Crisis argue that only by reclaiming those essential values can England’s planning system recapture its purpose”

“Our future depends on the discovery of those democratic and altruistic qualities that once formed the ethos of town planning.”

Quite

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“Essentially, the values of planning have been stood on their head, to the point where we have to ask whether the system remains fit for purpose.”

This is the stark assessment from the authors of a new book from Policy Press. In English Planning in Crisis, Hugh Ellison and Kate Henderson reflect on planning reforms since 2010, and argue that “the rich Utopian tradition that underpinned the town planning movement in England is dead, and needs wholesale recreation.”

The importance of planning

English Planning in Crisis highlights how essential planning is to the quality of life, noting that some of its key achievements have included securing mixed-use developments, the provision of social and genuinely affordable homes and protecting some of England’s most important landscapes. At its best, the authors contend, planning can provide for rich habitats and green space, good quality design, inclusion and resilience. But now, they argue, the once visionary…

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