Planning Portal and Localism
Sorry, but it’s time to talk the the “L” word. Localism that is, not love although being the festive season a little bit of both wouldn’t go amiss.
Assuming that the Portal survives the icy blast of the spending review then I hope we’ll play our part in enabling the agenda.
We’ve certainly got the communication channels to reach neighbourhoods with information and tools and we’ve got the links to LPA websites (both technical and relational) to ‘link things up’. However the question is: in a time of decentralisation what should our role be?
Should we provide information only or would tools and forms help? (Don’t forget we can build them once and use them for many.)
What about lessons learned? As people and communities start to develop local plans should the Portal provide a place for sharing lessons, best practice, tips and tricks or leave it all alone and let something evolve by itself?
I’d love to hear your views.