Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 13, 2017

Communities Back Into Planning? That’s A Joke!

Local communities hold the least power easypower [click charts to read clearly] in the planning process and central government and developers hold the most mostpower, according to a survey of councillors across the UK.

The research, commissioned by the National Trust, also found that councillors believed the planning system had become too weighted in favour of developers  at developerpower the expense of local communities and that it was hard for residents to influence the process.

The National Planning Policy Framework, which sets out government policy on planning in England, promised to allow “people and communities back into planning”.

But according to the research by the think tank, the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), councillors were not convinced that the NPPF was putting communities at the heart of the process. The LGiU said:

“There is a clear view that the planning system is controlled too much from the top and that too much power is in hands of central government and developers. Local people and their representatives are relatively disempowered.”

The findings support complaints often made by opponents of onshore oil and gas developments that they struggle to have an equal voice to government or developers in planning decisions.

According to the findings: Nearly two-thirds (63%) of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “The current planning system is too top-down.

More than half (58%) disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement “It is easy for residents in my ward to influence the planning process”.

Nearly three-quarters (71%) agreed or strongly agreed that “the planning system has become too weighted in favour of developers at the expense of local communities”.


  1. Localism, what localism, too much pandering to put pounds in the pockets of developers to the detriment of residents.

    • Yes, that’s what it’s all about. Look at what’s happening in Aughton, when a parish councillor suggests other developments in the borough might not be proceeding until the rich Aughton developers have got their way. Shocking!

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