This third post on the Raynsford Review will take a look at some of its other recommendations. The Review makes 24 in total, they interlink to make a comprehensive reframing of the purpose and practice of planning in England. For the full review for details of each recommendation, (https://www.tcpa.org.uk/raynsford-review).
Recommendation 5: Community powers to plan effectively
Recommendation 5 is closely linked to Recommendation 3: ‘A new kind of positive and powerful Local Plan‘. This states that, a Local Plan ‘should command the confidence of all sectors by being the product of a participative act of co-creation between local authorities, communities and the wider development sector, all of whom are vital to good place-making’.
Each Local Authority has to produce an up to date local development plan for its district. The Review repositions the Local Plan as people-centred and participatory. Local Plans are currently far from being so. It also highlights that good place-making should be a balance between commercial development companies, the public sector and the communities that live and work in a place. It also states that the Local Plan should be a clear set of guidance towards long term public interest, which all parties to any land development can work to/adhere to.
Recommendation 5 enhances Recommendation 3, elevating the role of communities, giving them an active role in shaping and influencing their places. It also recommends that Local Authorities should be empowered to proactively shape development towards the greater health and wellbeing of its citizens.
NOTE: Text in italics represents direct quotes from the Raynsford Review.