Published: 14th Jun 2019

Community engagement is an absolutely essential part of the planning process and developers must always be willing to compromise, writes Andrew Gore, planning director at Marrons Planning, part of law firm, Shakespeare Martineau. The UK’s growing population, coupled with a strong commitment by central government to boosting housebuilding, continues to fuel the search by housebuilders and land promoters for suitable sites across the country. Whilst this building boom is considered necessary in meeting the UK’s housing needs, planning applications are often met with opposition from local communities. Since local voices can be very loud in determining the fate of a planning application, and since housebuilders have a commercial interest in ensuring that their reputation is good in the community where they will ultimately be trying to sell any homes they secure consent for, ensuring that local communities are appeased is crucial. Engaging directly Currently, the UK’s planning system does not … (To read the full article, subscribe below)