Planning in a time of austerity is never easy – budgets are cut, needs are great and regulation can be seen as stifling growth. In England we are in just such a position and in the midst of a reformulation of planning that is on the one hand meant to deliver growth and on the other designed to empower communities. Most of these reforms are being couched in the language of localism with community participation at the forefront of policy.
I discuss these issues in a recent blog that I wrote for INLOGOV at the University of Birmingham. It covers some of the topics in my article with Yvonne Rydin entitled What can social capital tell us about planning under localism?