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08/07/2020

My view on... Planning and the pandemic

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Lichfields’ Senior Director Matthew Spry outlines some of the ways that the consultancy has responded to Covid-19, as as part of Wider Insights, an RTPI research project looking at the planning profession’s rapid response to Covid-19

During this crisis, we have kept the wheels turning – progressing planning applications, lodging appeals, working with local authorities on local plan preparation, and advising on strategy for projects. Consultations have been carried out and applications submitted for major schemes up and down the country.

We have also been closely monitoring how the operation of the planning system is affected, including how local government adapts itself to delivering planning services. We formulated an online repository for our guidance, research and thought leadership, and we partnered with the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) so that both organisations use our networks to track change as it happens, and PAS can direct support to where it is needed.

"We know Covid-19 will have lasting impacts on planning and development: an accelerant to some existing trends; a ‘stop-and-think’ moment for others"

Finally, we know Covid-19 will have lasting impacts on planning and development: an accelerant to some existing trends; a ‘stop-and-think’ moment for others. Our people are active participants in debates on what the pandemic means for the future, developing tools and insights to help our clients respond positively.

While recognising the pandemic means awful personal costs for many, our perspective is that – working in a fantastic business with great clients – planning has a central role in society’s response. That is simultaneously exciting even as it is challenging.

Matthew Spry was speaking as part of ‘Wider Insights’, an RTPI research project featuring expert analysis of the planning profession’s rapid response to Covid-19. Download the report in full.

Matthew Spry is senior director with Lichfields

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