We’re really pleased to launch the ‘discussion draft’ of our report Re-valuing Public Participation at our 2012 conference today.
We have been investigating the way the newly reformed planning system is working for the public, how easy it is for them to use and the problems they face.
This report is the result of that work and the stories people have shared with us. It starts by explaining the approach that has underpinned our thinking and research. It then goes on to assess existing opportunities for democratic participation in planning decisions before describing some of the overarching issues our research has identified and detailing some of the specific problems that we feel currently inhibit participation. Finally it lays out a range of possible solutions and reforms that would help to realise a more democratic planning system.
We want to hear your reactions to this ‘discussion draft’. Feel free to discuss by commenting below or get in touch directly. Your input will help shape the final draft due to be published in early-summer 2012.