Politicians speaking at the RTPI and Planning Portal Labour Party Conference fringe event are optimistic about the future of the profession despite the current problems, such as the impact of cuts, constant changes to the system, and eroding public confidence in planning.
Speakers talked about a range of issues holding back the profession – from the lack of fee flexibility through to the way national policies are created in isolation with poor consultation – but also expressed genuine passion about the role planning could play in making a better, fairer society.
The politicians agreed more needed to be done to empower planners, who have the skills necessary to deliver vibrant communities and prosperous places across the UK.
RTPI Vice President Stephen Wilkinson told delegates that “planning is the art of the possible.”
“It was good to hear politicians share their vision for what planning could achieve,” said Wilkinson. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us if we are to deliver a fairer, more prosperous future but we can’t do it without their support and shared vision. Our party conference event brought together a range of stakeholders to debate how we champion the case for positive planning.”