An article in THE PLANNER recently highlighted a trend we have noticed for a long time now …

“Cities across the UK have borne the brunt of real-terms local government funding cuts in the past 10 years, and planning suffered some of the deepest cuts”.

Over 10 years after the 2007 stock market crash, planning departments around the Country are depleted in terms of resource.  Whilst the last two administrations have a lot of the blame burden to shoulder, I think that the work that planners do has been undervalued and they seem to have been particularly badly hit compared to some other departments and these are decisions entirely under the control of Council leaders.  However, the housing shortage is still as acute.   If we are going to tackle the housing shortage, one of the elements that we will need is fully staffed planning departments.