This Tuesday, I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in a round table with the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) chaired by Rt Hon Nick Raynsford.
A very interesting discussion was had on the theme of rebuilding trust in the planning system, a consistently key issue, as detailed both in Planning 2020, published in November 2018, and reiterated in the final report, Planning 2020 ‘One Year On’: 21st Century Slums?, published in January this year. With Government mulling radical reforms to the planning system, there has never been a better time to ensure that practises are engrained to allow trust to be rebuilt and, importantly, maintained in the future.
New homes and infrastructure will be part of a community for many years, often decades. By default, the developer will become part of that community, their neighbour, for the long term. The relationship between the two is, therefore, vital. And as we all know, one of the most important parts of any relationship is trust.
But how do we build trust when we first enter a community? And how do we rebuild trust once it has been broken? Below I have put together some tips:
The building, or rebuilding, of trust will lead to the growth of confidence between all key parties, allowing us a strong basis from which we can grow. If ‘build build build’ is the way forward, having trust in one another is more vital than ever.
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