DPA Planning’s director Sam Dewar explains why the private sector needs to better appreciate the current parlous state of local authority planning.  The housing shortage continues to place an increasing strain on the whole planning process. However, it’s simply facile to say that there should be closer cooperation between the public and private sectors if chronic problems are to be addressed. What’s clear, is that the local authority planning process is itself in crisis, and those who sit on the other side of the fence in the private sector, need to adopt a more collaborative and sympathetic posture. There’s an increasing problem with local planning authorities. Too many do not have enough budget to hire the requisite resources or expertise to tackle a fast growing a planning log jam. In turn, we are seeing planning officers having to deal with an ever-increasing caseload. Indeed, in some parts of the North … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Sam Dewar

Director of planning at DPA Planning.