Why not experiment with C2C plan making?
We should perhaps stop trying to engage people through a failing representative system in a bureaucratic and often incomprehensible process like Local Plan production.
Should we not instead try to capture initiatives that actually people are interested in, and use them as a foundation for planning? This way, people lead with their interests, and we follow with the system and translate into planning form.
Incomprehensible plans will never attract people and deliver any @public good'
I would love to feel I can shape the future of my city – but surely this cannot be through one-off intensive meetings every 5-6 years followed by silence or through neighbourhood get-togethers for several years to just have a chance to influence our local streets and houses. I would want more!
I would like to know that my city is moving forward, and will be the right place for me and my children in future. … I would like to be proud…
How to deliver the 'public good' without any 'public funds'....
The production of Local Plans is well outdated. Lengthy, expensive, obscure… The evidence of planning failure is all around us. In London, one of the richest and most dynamic cities in the world, there is shortage of housing, unreasonable living costs, real risks your kids will not have a school place unless you create a school yourself, cost-cutting driven hospital closures irrespective of needs, etc.