Published: 22nd Nov 2011

Ensuring the development industry takes account of its social and environmental impact will take a major cultural shift. That’s why nailing down a way to measure wellbeing is all-important, argues Ivan Tennant A year has passed since the prime minster brought ‘wellbeing’ centre stage. Since then, there has been a flurry of activity at both the national level, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is busy developing a method of measurement, and the international, with the OECD producing in October 2011 their report entitled How’s Life that presents theirs. In the UK, these initiatives are linked with localism and how to achieve ‘sustainable development’. For those concerned with the lack of balance within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and, indeed, regeneration practice as a whole, between economic issues on the one hand and environmental and social issues on the other, it is hoped this interest in wellbeing will precipitate … (To read the full article, subscribe below)