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claire bennie

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  • Comment on: Jennings: 'People are tired of being duped by developers'

    claire bennie's comment 28 August, 2015 12:01 pm

    This is a great and timely piece as London prepares to build a substantial amount more housing over the next 20 years. The only reason people 'aren't interested' is because they feel they have no influence - it's Catch 22. I think people could be interested. I have seen public engagement in Helsinki: probably not perfect, but so much better than London. We need more physical spaces for engagement about development, with local and regional authorities very present in that, where people can physically see what's coming over the horizon and get excited about it (in either direction!) The NLA does a great job in London but it's only a start: more places are needed in more local, populous spots. For those who might say: 'but what would this cost?', think about how much all the delay and rebuttals and appeals cost. My blog post on this topic is at http://bennieontheloose.com/helsinki-civic-dialogue