Pick of the Day: The truth about property developers: how they are exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities | Cities | theguardian.com

A lengthy, but excellent article on planning, real estate development and booms:

“Under the coalition’s localism agenda, the wheels for private-sector encroachment into public planning have been further oiled, with the introduction of neighbourhood plans. Presented as a means of empowering communities, they have in fact left the door wide open for canny developers to move in, host a few community coffee mornings with felt-tips and post-it notes, and engineer a plan to their own advantage. There is no requirement for those who draw up the plan to even reside in the neighbourhood and, although they need a 50% “yes” vote at referendum, there is no requisite minimum turnout.”

read the full article on The Guardian: The truth about property developers: how they are exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities | Cities | theguardian.com.

About Ares

Ares Kalandides holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Studies from the National Technical University of Athens. He is the founder and CEO of Inpolis, an international consultancy based in Berlin, Germany and has implement several projects around the world. Ares teaches Urban Economics at the Technical University in Berlin and Metropolitan Studies at NYU Berlin.
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One Response to Pick of the Day: The truth about property developers: how they are exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities | Cities | theguardian.com

  1. ergamenis says:

    Thanks for “picking” this important article for your blog’s readers’ info!
    Would have been great if someone discussed with similar thoroughness what is happening in non-European urban centers, like the development projects by the Qataris next to the junction of the Niles in Khartoum, Sudan.

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