About The National Planning Forum
The National Planning Forum offers a unique opportunity for a cross-sectoral debate on planning issues, allowing an exploration of both agreement and difference in the process of developing a “fit for purpose” spatial planning system.
The Forum is not a consultative body, because its individual members are themselves consultees, advocates and lobbyists; and, although it has on occasions advocated particular positions, its principle role is to foster and explore cross-sectoral experience and issues.
The Forum aspires to “inspire planning” and those involved in the planning process and in delivering quality, inspiring places that enhance productivity as well as peoples’ well-being.
The National Planning Forum:
- the only cross-sectoral forum focusing on spatial planning in England with a mission to inspire planning and planners
- a membership which represents the key national organisations with a role in, and commitment to, planning
- a critical friend to the Planning Directorate within the Department of Communities and Local Government, helping to inform and shape policy by reflecting a significant depth of practice experience
- informs debate, builds cross-sectoral consensus and provides clarity on the issues where views differ
- operates as a membership network with a website that is open to all
- committed to ensuring that spatial planning in England is fit for purpose