Together with a new Glasgow based group called Fair Planning Glasgow we held a workshop on our reflections of the planning system in Glasgow and ways to improve it. The workshop was part of the wider work of A People’s Plan for Glasgow which is a collaboration of groups, organisations, campaigns and individuals coming together to co-create an alternative plan for the future of people and the city and ways to make it happen.
Here is a transcript of what our speaker Clare Symonds said.
Tom Johnstone from Fair Planning spoke about his experiences of planning in Glasgow spanning the lifetime of the planning system itself (Tom was born in the same year that the Town and Country Planning Act came into being in 1948! Over time he has noticed increasing commercialisation of planning and how much more business oriented it has become to the detriment of Glasgow’s buildings and greenspaces. It has also left people like him struggling to be heard. He also believes that it is not bringing about the kind of development that Glasgow needs such as good quality affordable housing. Tom spends a lot of his time helping others to engage in planning, particularly those in less well off areas with fewer resources.
Marty Fell gave a presentation of his own manifesto for change, which reflects his own experiences and others, whom Fair Planning have helped. The manifesto includes: members of the public being given equal access to planners, planning decisions not being voted on along party lines, and communities being given greater opportunities at planning committees to represent the views of the public and environmental interests.