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Community Participation Resources
The Gunning Principles - courtesy of the Local Government Association
The Gunning Principles are four principles which define legitimate consultation. They were coined by Stephen Sedley QC in a court case in 1985 relating to a school closure consultation (R v London Borough of Brent ex parte Gunning):
- Proposals are still at a formative stage;
- There is sufficient information to give ‘intelligent consideration’;
- There is adequate time for consideration and response;
- ‘Conscientious consideration’ must be given to the consultation responses before a decision is made.
CPA Webinar: Turning consultation into participation
Recorded on July 27th 2021, this talk by David Farnsworth, who has a professional background in urban development, planning, and democratic participation for both the private and public sectors, gives us pointers on how to encourage our Councils to work with us: turning consultation into community participation.
LBU Webinar: What next for Public Engagement in Planning?
The Planning White Paper and proposed Planning Bill will abolish public engagement in development decisions and confine democratic participation to consultation over local plans. These proposals are justified by the claim that public engagement enables minorities to obstruct property development and contributes to raising the cost of housing.
This webinar, a joint venture with Leeds Beckett University Planning School recorded on September 30th 2021, helped to identify what rights of democratic engagement exist, who can exercise them, what will happen if Government proposals go ahead, and what additional rights of participation are needed.
With contributions from:
- Quintin Bradley - Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University
- Huw Ellis - Policy Director, Town and Country Planning Association
- Bob Pritchard - Legal Director, Shoosmiths
- Rosie Pearson - Founder, Community Planning Alliance
- Naomi Luhde-Thompson - Chief Executive Director, Rights: Community: Action
CPA Webinar: Meet a Planning Inspector
Campaign groups operating within the planning system will, at some stage, be very likely called to attend a Local Plan examination or an appeal hearing. In that situation, there will be only one arbiter: a planning inspector.
It can be daunting for community representatives to attend these hearings. They will be faced with rows of planning officers, consultants and lawyers - all experts in their fields and for whom appeals hearings are bread and butter.
We were therefore delighted that the Planning Inspectorate lent us an inspector for our webinar on March 3rd 2022!
Some of the subjects she advised us on are:
- how community groups should prepare;
- how best to present your evidence - both in writing and in person;
- and what are the most important do's and don'ts.
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