While many get to grips with ‘Planning for the Future’, the Government’s White Paper for reforming the planning system, the social value community have been left with little to talk about. The White Paper is silent on how the new system will enhance the built environment or how it will increase social value and improve conditions for the people in and around new developments. Indeed, many have already responded by saying the proposals would reduce the scope for local democracy, push elected local representatives and communities to the periphery of decision-making at the point when their opinion matters most, and fail to deliver better buildings or neighbourhoods.
This session of the SVUK Thought Leadership Group on the Social Value of the Design and Use of Buildings and Places invites three social value practitioners to respond to this challenge: If you could rewrite the White Paper to maximise social value in the planning system, what would it say? Open debate will follow and may inspire those interested in responding to the invitation to consult (period ends October 29th) to help improve on the current proposals.
We have some great speakers lined up, and they’ll be announced soon.