Planning magazine reports that the results of a new survey make for uncomfortable reading, highlighting a lack of public support for protecting planning services from the next funding squeeze.
The survey, carried out by planning consultancy Boyer in conjunction with research consultancy Allegra Strategies and seen exclusively by Planning, asked the public which local government services they would most like to see protected from future spending cuts. Only six per cent of the nearly 1,200 respondents said they would most like to protect planning services, representing a smaller proportion than any other named service area (
Mike Kiely, Chair of the POS Board, told Planning the lack of public support for protecting planning teams from further cuts was to be expected. "For most people, their explicit experience of planning is probably non-existent, unless they had a particular issue locally," he said. "The notion that the man in the street will understand the nuances of planning ahead, meeting need and making sure places are well designed, they probably think it all happens by magic."