The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies met recently to discuss Public Participation in the Planning System. We use our Parliamentary meetings to bring MPs and key audiences in the sector together on issues that are impacting the civic society movement. Civic Voice is the only national organisation that speaks up nationally for the civic and conservation movement and campaigns on issues that cannot be changed locally.
Craig Mackinlay MP, Chair of the APPG for Civic Societies said: “We decided to invite the Shadow Planning Minister, Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, to enable her to share further thoughts on the Labour Party Commission on planning reform and how they intend on putting the public at the heart of the planning system. We also asked Nick Raynsford to attend to share his thoughts on the Raynsford Review. We really enjoyed the discussion hearing the national challenges we face, but thinking about how we can ensure meaningful engagement with the public is at the heart of any future planning system. We will continue to work with MPs from all sides to ensure the work of civic societies through the planning system is heard.”
Ahead of the Parliamentary meeting on public engagement in the planning system, Civic Voice has signed up to support the call to urge the United Nations to make 2020 the Year of Public Engagement. You can see more information here.