Rebalancing the planning system: Giving communities a meaningful voice


According to a survey (July 2019), published by property firm Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, it found that that just 2 per cent of the public trust developers and only 7 per cent have faith in local authorities, when it comes to planning for large-scale development. Civic Voice wants to change this.

Civic Voice has a series of webinars taking place for you to learn more:

If you want to part of a growing movement wanting to shape our towns and cities, we would suggest that you sign up for Civic Voice’s #inconversation events:

  • May 14th: In Conversation with Bob Colenutt were we discussed his new book, The Property Lobby (Watch Part 1 here and Part 2 here)
  • May 20th: In Conversation with Nicholas Boys Smith - Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission: Covid 19: How will we build better and beautifully? (Watch it back here)
  • June 2nd: In Conversation with Steve Quartermain - Planning in a post covid world. Until March, Steve was the Government's chief planner (Watch it back here)
  • June 4th: In Conversation with Mary Parsons - Chair, Town and Country Planning Association on why we need a Healthy Homes Act! (Watch it back here)
  • July 7th: Webinar - Can Grosvenor's new Community Charter help to rebuild public trust in the planning system? Register here
  • July 8th: In Conversation with Sarah Richards - CEO of The Planning Inspectorate - How the Planning Inspectorate is responding to Covid-19 

We also have a series of webinars showcasing good initiatives already taking place across the UK - we will use these sessions to explore some of our ideas further!

  • Further details TBC 

Donate to Civic Voice's latest fundraising campaign: Who has the power in the planning system? Read more here.  

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There is a long road to recovering trust and placing it on new foundations of transparency, honesty and dialogue. A long road to go on to recover public confidence in the planning system. Our work alone will not be a panacea - not enough on its own to create trust. But it is necessary – because we need a national conversation to ask, ‘Why, 50 years after the Skeffington Review are, we still having these discussions? Why do some people think things have gone so badly wrong?

The mood and environment within the built environment are changing. Join your local civic society as we rebalance the planning system to give communities a meaningful voice at every stage of the planing system.

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