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How to Build Houses and Save the Countryside$
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Shaun Spiers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447339991

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447339991.001.0001

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How the planning system lost its legitimacy, and how to regain it

How the planning system lost its legitimacy, and how to regain it

(p.115) Five How the planning system lost its legitimacy, and how to regain it
How to Build Houses and Save the Countryside

Shaun Spiers

Policy Press

This chapter details the mess of the current planning system and suggests how planning can win back a degree of legitimacy. Planning has become a battleground. The system almost ensures that participants take unreasonable positions. Conservationists and local people take up opposition almost in principle because they have no confidence in what will emerge from the process. On the other side, developers use their legal and financial power to intimidate weak local authorities who are desperate to meet housing targets to get what they want. If the public is losing belief in planning, the solution is not to depoliticise it by making it more responsive to market signals or putting ‘experts’ in charge. Part of the solution is to engage more people and get their buy-in. Neighbourhood planning is a good way of doing this. However, the planning system must also show that it can deliver.

Keywords:   planning system, planning, conservationists, developers, local authorities, housing targets, neighbourhood planning

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