Last month saw the formal launch of Planning Futures and the release of our first report. This was a significant milestone for us as an organisation, and marked the first step towards the “new conversation about planning” that we seek to initiate through our work.
From the outset, Planning Futures was conceived as a cross-party organisation, and one that seeks to recognise and include the broadest possible range of planning stakeholders through our programme of research and events.
By this measure, our launch event at the House of Lords was a tremendous success – attended by a broad range of planners and other stakeholders from the public, private and voluntary sectors. The strong turnout confirmed our view that there is an appetite for change in the way we plan in the UK, and a definite need for a cross party and inclusive think tank to provide thought leadership within the field town and country planning.
As we start this New Year, we look forward to taking the next steps in the development of Planning Futures. We begin today, with this our first blog entry. Our blog is to be a regular feature on our website, and will include news of our research findings and topical planning issues.
Later this month we will be announcing details of a series of events focused on Planning and Politics in London in advance of the GLA and Mayoral Elections in May.
In April, we will be publishing a new report on the topic planning gain and in the coming weeks we will be publishing further details of our research agenda for the year ahead.
As we embark on these exciting new events and projects, we hope that we will continue to be joined in our work by all those who wish to build a more positive and consensual approach to planning in the UK.
For more information about Planning Futures, our work and how you can get involved please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.