Last week Public Practice published our consultation response to the Planning White Paper, including findings from our recent planning capacity survey. The response focuses on skills and resourcing because, in our experience, it is the people more than the policies that make the biggest difference to what is delivered on the ground. We believe the White Paper has the potential to create better outcomes through planning, not necessarily as a result of legislative change, but by helping to transform the role of the public planner. But this will only happen if the new system is matched by a new national programme of investment to level up resourcing and enable planning authorities and communities to plan more proactively.
The consultation response sets out seven steps towards building capacity for proactive planning. Read the response in full here.