The whittling away of wonderful ideas: post-consent
and the diminution of design quality
Hannah Hickman MA, MSc, MPhil, MRTPI
(Co-authors: Nick Croft MRTPI, Dr Hooman Foroughmand-Araabi, Dr Katie McClymont and Adam Sheppard MRTPI)
University of the West of England, Geography and Environmental Management
Full entry title
Hickman, H., Croft, N., Foroughmand Araabi, H., McClymont, K., & Sheppard, A. (2021). The whittling away of wonderful ideas: post-consent and the diminution of design quality. West of England Combined Authority.
This project explored the under-researched and poorly-understood area of post-consent – the journey of a development from the point of permission through to delivery and on-going management. In particular: it evidenced a worrying decline in design quality occurring at this point; it identified some of the causes; and, considered what local authorities might do to address this decline. More broadly, it encourages planning to be understood as a more enduring process and not one which finishes at the point of permission. With major planning reform on the agenda in England, and a signalled intent to further front-load decision making, understanding what happens post-permission is more, rather than less, critical.