‘Ludicrous’ and ’embarrassing’ planning expertise: a Lewisham councillor’s view

“You might as well have spoken to people at the bus stop”

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The London School of Economics held an event earlier this week exploring the shape of the city’s development.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attended the “Good Growth by Design” evening as a speaker, before a panel discussion and question and answer session.

Topics ranged widely, from issues such as diversity within architecture firms (limited), to London’s rising skyline, the stretched resources of council planning departments and the crucial topic of affordable housing.

There was also an interesting insight into the planning process in Lewisham and the expertise of council members.

Suzannah Clarke, a Labour councillor for Grove Park since 2010, revealed she had only had “about two hours” training before joining a planning committee. Continue reading “‘Ludicrous’ and ’embarrassing’ planning expertise: a Lewisham councillor’s view”