Planning and prosperity

As the UK economy teeters on the edge of a depression, a debate has emerged on the value of economic growth as the key indicator of prosperity. Tim Jackson is the leading proponent of the argument that society needs a different metric. This argument puts particular pressures on the planning system as it seeks to shape our built and natural environment to meet our needs and desires. Since the state today has only a facilitative role in relation to urban development, we collectively depend on private market processes to deliver urban change and maintain beloved features of our environment. We need private sector-led urban development to deliver urban regeneration; we need a buoyant property market to safeguard historic buildings. The planning system struggles to meet its objectives in the absence of economic growth.

Is there no way out of this trap? Well, the planning system could decide to operate in a different way in at least some locations, probably those most subject to the flight of capital. Here it could promote community-based activities and low value land uses. It could decide that consumption-led regeneration is not the way forward. It could instead use the voluntary resources of communities to deliver environmental improvements and, most importantly, protect the results from any renewed interest by the private market. A bold form of localism for the planning system to pursue but perhaps one with genuine benefits for at least some communities.

Yvonne Rydin, author of The purpose of planning, publishing this month

0 Responses to “Planning and prosperity”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Twitter Updates


Helen Kara

Writing and research

Peter Beresford's Blog

Musings on a Mad World

Paul Cairney: Politics & Public Policy

Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling

Path to the Possible

Democracy toward the Horizon


Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Shot by both sides

The blog of Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP

Paul Collins's Running Blog

Running and London Marathon 2013 Training

Bristol Civic Leadership Project

A collaborative project on change in local governance

Stuck on Social Work

And what a great place to be

Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society

short and insightful writing about a long and complex history

Urban policy and practice

Publishing with a purpose


Policy Politics Place


Publishing with a purpose

Public Administration Review

Public Administration Review is a professional journal dedicated to advancing theory and practice in public administration.

Publishing with a purpose

%d bloggers like this: