For a transparent planning system

At PlaceChangers we stand in for a transparent planning system. To this end, we advocate the following values in our work.

Transparent access to land data, so that all parties can make well informed choices.

Land ownership information should be freely accessible and is part of a transparent planning system. We advocate for a land registry system that publishes information on land ownership in a way that retains privacy of individuals. Corporate ownership titles should be disclosed. Doing  so, we believe, will help the transparency of land use management, inform conversations amongst stakeholders involved in local regeneration, and improve the spatial strategies that local authorities may prepare for shaping development in their area.

Transparent and easy ways to influence development choices

We believe early engagement on major infrastructure choices, upgrades to public spaces, or residential developments is mutually beneficial. It helps the project owner define their project plan;  and stakeholders to understand the benefit from the investments that are proposed. Local knowledge and insight can reduce the chance of appeals at planning or the chance for investments that do not reach their potential fully. In local plans, engagement with various stakeholders can help alleviate the work load of local planners if engagement strategies are well defined.

Technologies that facilitate collaborative decision making

We believe that technologies that facilitate collaboration and participatory decision making can boost the ability to formulate mutually beneficial solutions in urban development. New media technologies have shown the power of the crowd and can be a boost to engagement on any project. We are committed to work towards technologies that are easy to use and accessible even for those who do not have any personal digital devices.

Agile planning processes that are responsive to the needs of the public and the demands of the market

A good future of planning will be flexible and responsive striking a good balance between the insights of all stakeholders, including local residents, and the evidence based that informs the formulation of planning policies and development choices.

Open and transparent data standards

We believe in the definition of accessible and open data standards in a future planning system. The GTFS data schema that underlies the transport schedules in mapping applications is an example for the innovation potential of well-defined, public data schemas. Open data standards facilitate innovation in planning and construction; and facilitate the ease of use and transparency of, e.g., evidence bases.