According to David Knight, director of the architecture practice DK-CM “Planning has become unpopular, disconnected from the public and increasingly beholden to the developer rather than the people it is meant to serve.”

To add insult to injury, TWBC Planners are leaving to join the very developers who threaten to ruin the town.

Given the abstract legalese in which planning strategies are written, the meaningless babble crafted by developers as they promise “affordable, luxury, sustainable homes” – and the suspicion that the council will do what it wants regardless – it is little wonder that residents fail to participate if and when they are asked.

There are greater barriers than ever to meaningful resident engagement in town planning.

The council’s consultation rhetoric should be put into practice. Surely an overhaul in planning consultation is long overdue to treat interested residents as partners in the process, not just necessary evils?…