Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Planners 'can't see beyond dormer windows', says new report

  • Comment
Planners are too concerned about smaller applications such as dormer windows to focus on 'the bigger picture' of creating sustainable communities, a new report has found.

According to a new document drawn up by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) in collaboration with consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), council planners are more interested in 'minimising harm' rather than real 'place-making.'

The Permission to Plan report - the end product of discussions between architects, housebuilders, planning inspectors and planners - also calls for greater emphasis on integrating planning with local service delivery instead of just development control.

Gideon Amos, a director at the TCPA, said: 'Planners don't spend years at university to trawl through applications for loft conversions.

'The profession needs to regain the confidence to shape the big picture.'

Meanwhile Alex Khaldi at PWC feels something radical needs to be done to speed up the planning process by improving the way trivial applications are dealt with.

He said: 'Bold steps are needed to manage routine casework differently - casework which is clogging up the system.

'New, more cost-effective ways to process applications are needed, backed up with incentives to force the pace of change.'

by Richard Waite

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs


Do you want the latest jobs emailed to you?
Sign up for job alerts.

AJ Jobs