Published: 23rd Feb 2012

Government sees planning as a drag on the economy – but have we lost sight of its true potential?  Sarah Longlands visited cities in south-east Asia and South America in search of a fresh perspective What is planning, what is it for and what role does it play in supporting and shaping places both in a time of austerity and potentially in the future? Coming from an economic development perspective, I’ve long been interested in the sometimes fractious relationship between local economics and planning. One way to get a new perspective is to take a look at some high profile exemplars from other parts of the world. Some fresh thinking on the subject is definitely required while we await the publication of the final National Planning Policy Framework. Planning in the UK has been characterised by two main roles which can be described as spatial planning and regulatory planning. Spatially, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)