APPG for Civic Societies - Public Participation in the Planning System

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The ground-breaking Skeffington Report, ‘People and Planning. Report of the Committee on Public Participation in Planning’ was prepared by Arthur Skeffington MP and the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. It was published by in 1969. The Skeffington Committee was appointed in 1968 to assess how the public might become more involved in the creation of local development plans. This was a response to the belief that the Town and Country Planning Act created a largely ‘top down’ system, and followed the 1965 report ‘The Future of Development Plans’ prepared by the Planning Advisory Group.

Many people still believe, that, public consultation is been a gesture only, involving the ‘usual suspects’, already familiar with the planning process and how to participate. From a developer and local authory perspective, public participation poses its own challenges, care needs to be taken if advantages gained through expenditure on time and labour on public participation are not to be outweighed by harm resulting from prolongation of the planning process.

We must accept though that,public participation is becoming more widely accepted. Planners and developers have become more pro-active, and previously unrepresented and ‘hard to reach’ parts of society have become better engaged. This has begun to establish planning as a genuinely democratic process, involving mediation between a wide range of competing interests.

50 years on from the Skeffington Report 1969, when Arthur Skeffington MP examined the role of the public in the planning system, Civic Voice is asking, why, 50 years on, do individuals and communities still feel as though they are not listened to. Join Civic Voice and the APPG for Civic Societies to discuss this issue and consider, what does the next 50 years hold for public participation in the planning system?

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