Daniel Goodwin

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!


One comment on “Planning and community

  1. Adam Blackie
    January 18, 2011

    Daniel – Item 4. – Will it be a mistake to try and create new neighbourhood bureaucracies and how might new technologies be best used to address this?

    We have neighbourhood boundaries already established. I feel it could be a major emotional and resource distraction to start the process with a change.

    Technology use? I think there is no lack of ideas and opinion, but there is a difficulty in their dissemination. If a generic package of technology tools were available for free to all community leaders then messages could be formatted and coordinated across all available platforms. The consistency and reach of the channel is more important than digital / print format.

    Also lets not forget the traditional media. Have you seen the letters page in the local newspapers lately? I suspect these are not widely read, nor are they always likely to produced by tech savvy authors, but they could be made accessible to a much wider audience through technology that invites links between online and offline media. i.e One message – many channels.

    I do hope you get a good response to your call for ideas.


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This entry was posted on January 10, 2011 by in Constitution and community, Local Government Futures, Place and planning, Uncategorized.
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