Article: Planning policy plays gatekeeper role in delivering smart, sustainable and collaborative cities

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Planning policy plays gatekeeper role in delivering smart, sustainable and collaborative cities

There are a range of ways in which individual buildings can contribute to the “smartness” – whether digital, sustainable or collaborative – of their wider urban environment and generate benefits for the wider community. Turning this potential into reality in the built environment depends heavily on planning policy and decision-making – planning is the gatekeeper for physical innovation.

With planning policy in the UK currently under review (the government’s response to the consultation on its August 2020 white paper “Planning for the future” is still awaited), there is an opportunity to make sure these objectives are integrated into planning policy.

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