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Journal of the Town and Country Planning Association – Two Articles in February edition

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Professor Gavin Parker and Dr Emma Street have written an article for the TCPA journal entitled “Trust me…I’m a planner”. The publication discusses the skills and knowledge expected of planners within the context of systemic changes seen in the profession. The breadth of knowledge required within planning has increased over recent years, and this has led to the evolving role of planners acting as required synthesizers of expertise, from alternative sources, including specialist consultants. It is therefore increasingly apparent that planners cannot operate alone, but are part of a complex mix of expertise and skill-sets. These issues call into question the role of the “generalist” planner and what is required in terms of planning education, lifelong learning, and professional development.

In the same issue Professor Gavin Parker has co-authored a paper with Tomokazu Arita of Tsukuba University, Japan entitled “planning transparency and public involvement in pre-application discussions”. This is part of an ongoing collaboration with Tsukuba University where Gavin recently won a Japan Society Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship to research forms of community planning in Japan. The paper provides an interesting insight into the benefits of involving communities at the pre-application planning stage, as experience by Tokyo and New York. This article highlights a particular iteration of an existing mechanism that could be usefully amended to aid deeper community involvement and improve accountability and transparency in the planning system in England.

Published 12 March 2019

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