16 July 2018
How we can heal our fractured planning system? In a recent interview with The Future Cities Forum, our London-based Planning Director, Anne Clements, said improving UK planning in the public sector comes down to attracting well-informed and empowered people.
Too often, graduates enter local planning authority jobs straight out of school, she said. Planners need experience of the world at large so they can make decisions, support those decisions, progress the system, and convey to politicians what can be brought forward successfully for the right outcome.
Anne said: 'We are very fortunate in London with the [Greater London Authority], which sets targets and provides support for the boroughs and it is a shame that we don't have that middle tier of planning strategy and implementation across the country.
"The more we have forums of this nature represented at the highest level, where we bring the private and public together to talk about planning, then a joined up housing and infrastructure programme will happen. The National Infrastructure Commission is critical, but we just need some power coming through with the political imperative to actually deliver the infrastructure outside London. There is also an urgent need to release more urban brownfield land for development because that is where the jobs are."
Watch her full interview below:
In a Future Cities Forum, Anne also discussed with industry stakeholders - including the Mayor of London's Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell - how to use data to plan and operate our cities intelligently, and how we can create and regenerate vibrant mixed-use urban neighbourhoods. Take a look at the full discussion below: