Published: 1st Oct 2015

Two recent examples in Sheffield show how social media can quickly mobilise and energise people’s opposition and stiffen their resolve to challenge an apparently indifferent planning system. Save Devonshire Street and Save Our Cultural Industries Quarter campaigns helped to amplify concerns about how the city is being developed. They also show we need practical solutions to deliver possible long term positive pragmatic outcomes. Sheffield is not alone in experiencing this, there has been a sudden surge of opinions against development, with campaigners, community activists, architects getting themselves in a social-media lather while wrestling with an ‘indifferent’ planning system and development industry. London is undergoing massive development resulting in pressures, as described by Susie Clapham of the East End Preservation Society in the Architects Journal, Aug 2015: ‘The public has realised that terrible schemes are being given planning consent. If we want to the keep the buildings and areas we love … (To read the full article, subscribe below)