Published: 31st Jan 2019

Austerity’s effect on planning has been laid bare by a new study which outlines how it has eroded planners’ ability to serve the public interest. A lack of resources and ill-thought planning reforms post-2010 have reduced planning to a more reactionary function for many local authorities, creating a ‘box-ticking culture’, the report says. The study, a joint undertaking by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Newcastle University, finds that these changes have made it harder for public and private sector planners to make long-term decisions, affecting their ability to best serve the public. Victoria Hills, RTPI chief executive, said: ‘Local planning authorities have demonstrated exceptional resilience in the face of austerity by becoming more streamlined and efficient. Whilst planners in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland remain overall confident, planning in England does face some serious challenges. ‘Places where authorities put planning at the heart of their corporate strategy are … (To read the full article, subscribe below)