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Information is Power: Public Disclosure of Information in the Planning Decision-Making Process

Sheppard, Adam; Burgess, Sarah; Croft, Nick

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© 2015 Taylor & Francis. The legitimacy and effectiveness of community engagement in planning lies in the extent to which the public can access the information required for informed decision-making. The control of ‘commercially sensitive material’ by local authorities acting as gatekeepers is a therefore a challenging area of information management within the planning application process. Through the analysis of key cases in England, this paper identifies that regulations do provide for ‘commercially sensitive material’ to be released to communities in many cases, but there is a need to achieve better transparency for communities about what information should be available about a development proposal.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Planning Practice and Research
Print ISSN 0269-7459
Electronic ISSN 1360-0583
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 4
Pages 443-456
APA6 Citation Sheppard, A., Burgess, S., & Croft, N. (2015). Information is Power: Public Disclosure of Information in the Planning Decision-Making Process. Planning Practice and Research, 30(4), 443-456. https://doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2015.1045225
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2015.1045225
Keywords planning decisions, freedom of information, disclosure, community engagement, commercial sensitivity
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2015.1045225

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