09 Sep '11, 4pm

Matthew Spencer of @GreenAllianceUK says Business must careful what it wishes for in the battle over planning

The Coalition has pulled off the remarkable trick of making land use planning interesting. As someone who worked in a local authority planning department early in my career I know the process can be deeply dull, but the battle over planning reform has demonstrated that the outcomes are not. It's hard not to enjoy the spectacle of Dame Fiona Reynolds in gladiatorial combat with Eric Pickles, but what makes it especially compelling is the nature of the issues the dispute is raising. The purpose of planning is inextricably linked to the big question of what role the state should have in shaping our environment, and may explain why some ministers have chosen to raise the stakes so rapidly in this dispute. When Mr Pickles tells visitors to his office that he has a loaded gun ready to shoot anyone who proposes a replacement for defunct regional spatial strategies, he's reflectin...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/industry-voice-blog/21082...

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