Our planning system is an extraordinarily powerful framework to shape the future of our everyday environment. However, years of underinvestment and deregulation have eroded its agency and sense of purpose. Government reforms mean planning is now on the threshold of radical change. With change there are opportunities to use digital transformation to create a more accessible and transparent system, to empower communities by engaging them earlier upstream, and to plan more proactively through design coding. This calls for planning professionals to break out of the two dimensions of development management and planmaking, and expand their influence into both design and delivery.
WHAT THEY DO
- Coordinating an emerging Local Plan involving multiple stakeholders, including local and national bodies.
- Synthesising an evidence base for a draft Local Plan consultation.
- Supporting Local Plan Examination hearings.
- Influencing stakeholders, including councillors, officers, landowners, developers, businesses and communities, to achieve the Council’s ambitions.
- Developing and promoting the use of PPAs.
- Producing a draft Affordable Housing supplementary planning document (SPD) and producing a viable delivery strategy.
- Influencing major schemes at the pre-application and application stages.
- Promoting the engagement of stakeholders and communities in policy development that will impact the shape of their towns and villages.
- Coordinating development management processes with evidence base collection and policy development.
- Project managing delivery of policy and guidance documents.
- Embedding social value strategies.
- Drafting guidance on financial viability and training officers.