Planning and community
Hopefully nobody will be surprised that the last post was almost four weeks ago, given the scale of budget changes, snow and digestion of the Localism Bill and the prospect of indigestion over Christmas had long family walks not taken precedence over quiet sessions on blog texts. However time is marching on and I’ve been thinking more and more about the community planning aspects of the Localism Bill, so this post is simply notice that I am cooking up a short piece on the subject. I think it will probably cover some or all of the following:
- What happens at what level? What needs to happen?
- Parish vs neighbourhood issues
- Longevity and size of some Parishes vs neighbourhoods’ relatively unorganised state
- Will it be a mistake to try and create new neighbourhood bureaucracies and how might new technologies be best used to address this?
- Democracy as much about dialogue as representation – what does that mean for localities and a need not to create new bureaucracies
- What lessons might be learnt from the community councils and consultation methods from different decades?
- What does the Royal Town Planning Institute say?
- How should local CExs and lead Planning officers react?
- How, in all this, will we know that public value has been secured? Will this be in line with the intentions behind the forthcoming legislation?
So if anyone reading this has any thoughts on the subject, please comment on this item, and let me know if you want to be credited or not!