Tuesday, 24th November 2020

Integrating Social Value and Planning: More than a Tick Box Exercise

Social value has been a hot topic in 2020, with a range of toolkits, reports and consultations published this year (e.g. RIBA, Institute of Civil Engineers, Construction Innovation Hub, UKGBC, Social Value Portal, RTPI). Additionally, several local authorities have included social value in their draft local policies, including Salford and Islington. Developers have also been promoting their social value ethos and credentials via webinars and seminars during the 2020 lockdowns.

However, the government’s ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper, published in August 2020, never specifically mentions social value and only loosely refers to ‘social need’ and ‘social justice’, despite the concept’s increasing popularity. Social value knits together many elements that underpin the planning system, most noticeably that of sustainable development. By recognising this and by embedding social value principles, better placemaking can be achieved.

Read this insight in full here.