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Secretary of State at Planning Futures

April 13, 2017
By Cian Bryan

Planning Futures recently hosted a Parliamentary briefing on the Housing White Paper with the Secretary of State at DCLG, the Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP. The audience for this event comprised a diverse group of planning stakeholders who had gathered to hear the Secretary of State outline his vision as set out in the white… Read more »


The Future of Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs)

November 3, 2016
By Cian Bryan

CPOs are an important tool for local authorities wishing to assemble complex sites and to bring forward land for development.  Whilst this mechanism has a long history within the planning system, in recent decades, local authorities have been reluctant to use CPOs as part of a proactive planning strategy.  CPOs can be an emotive issue,… Read more »


Brexit, Planning & Public Policy: Options for the New Government

July 11, 2016
By Janice Morphet

Professor Janice Morphet  This blog is written as a letter to Mr Oliver Letwin MP who is heading the Cabinet Office team to prepare a paper on the options for Brexit for the new Prime Minister. Dear Mr Letwin, As you prepare your report on the options for Brexit for the new Prime Minister you… Read more »


What Brexit means for Planning Law in the UK

July 6, 2016
By Richard Harwood

Richard Harwood QC Britain leaving the European Union has various potential consequences for planning law in the UK, but it is the more indirect effects of Brexit which may prove to be the more substantial. European Union law’s impact on the UK planning system can be grouped into the following categories: (i) Alterations to planning… Read more »


Compulsory Training: No Excuses

April 8, 2016
By Hannah David

In terms of the most important functions that Local Authorities are tasked with delivering, residents will point to refuse collection and planning. Both are indeed very emotive – no one wants smelly bins hanging around in front of their property and no-one wants a monstrosity built in front of or behind their house. And residents… Read more »


Does the UK need an Infrastructure Minister?

April 1, 2016
By Cian Bryan

When we launched the Planning Futures Blog back in January, we made a mistake.  We failed to include a comment section.  This, it was pointed out to us, was a missed opportunity to generate a discourse on the ideas we were presenting.  As a think tank dedicated to nurturing “a new conversation about planning” this… Read more »


Supporting Space for Community-Led Planning

February 19, 2016
By Cian Bryan

In the usual manner in which political debate proceeds, planning is often the site of a polarised ideological debate between state-led and market-led solutions to prevailing policy issues. Both approaches of course have their place. However, as the state recedes as a fulcrum of power within an increasingly globalised world, and the market has failed… Read more »


CIL is Turning 6. Who Will Come to the Party?

February 12, 2016
By Hannah David

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is now six years old and like any six year old child, CIL has had its teething problems. There are lessons to learn. Its future potential remains uncertain. My aim in this blog (and my forthcoming paper) is to start a conversation about how CIL can make a meaningful contribution… Read more »


The Devolution Agenda Must Become More Inclusive

February 5, 2016
By Cian Bryan

In principle, the current devolution agenda represents a magnificent opportunity for our cities and regions.  It has the potential to transform governance, giving those areas who reach new Devolution Deals greater strategic planning powers and the ability to better determine the direction of their future economic development.  It also represents an opportunity to enhance our… Read more »


Blog: The Year Ahead

January 19, 2016
By Cian Bryan

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… Read more »