Letter: Consultancies have sapped planning authorities of staff

I see from your last editorial that 52 per cent of consultancies plan to expand. Of the same group, 92 per cent then blame lack of resources in local authorities for constraining local plan production and slow decision-making on applications.

Well surprise surprise ... there is a connection between the two. The huge expansion in private planning consultancies in recent years has inevitably sapped authorities of staff, coupled of course with all the staff cutbacks and undoubted salary differences. 

Quite what the solution is, however, remains elusive!

Simon Williams
Footprint Futures 
Planning & Regeneration

The Planning Consultancy Market Report 2019 can be found here. 

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