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Planning and the public interest

Planning and planners have arguably fallen in the public’s esteem in recent decades, but their role is crucial to our urban future. It’s time to make planning cool again for the sake of our cities. David Blackman reports

One mention – that’s how many times the phrase ‘pupblic interest’ appears in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). 

By contrast, the term is used seven times in the far shorter PPG (Planning Policy Guidance) 1, which was replaced by the NPPF in 2013. That reflects how far many see that the notion of the public interest has slipped down the planning ag.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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