Publicity and planning applications

We’ve been slowly getting some routine surveys up and running as part of the labour of planning love that we call the Planning Quality Framework. One small part of it involves asking people who commented on applications what they thought of the process. They are not exclusively ‘neighbours’ but we call them that as a short-hand.

We’ve had four surveys in various parts of the country running for a few weeks, and I thought I’d dip in and see how it’s going. As part of the survey, we ask people how they found out about it in the first place. The results are fairly predictable:

planning publicity

There may be some interest from those councils who were successful in bidding for the project to pilot new ways of publicising planning applications. One thing I don’t understand, though, is the comment I’ve heard several times that “any solution must involve the newspapers”. Given that they don’t contribute anything (sub 2%) to the situation at present, why should they be involved in the next stage ?

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