Date: Monday, 20 May 2019
Place is one of the central themes of the Commission.
Our sense of place has a strong resonance. It defines who we are and what we value. It runs deep in communities and has the power to bring together and divide. But it is also nebulous and fluid, both for us individually and in the way it is used as a concept. In policy terms it has acquired a currency which seems to enable positive, open discussion between organisations and citizens about local ambition and potential. It has a freshness and life which does not attach itself to “localism” or anything in which the word planning appears. It avoids getting stuck in the thickets of different forms of accountability.
Everyone who attended the Commission event on 20 May had different experiences and insights to share around Place. Exploring and harnessing that diversity was at the heart of event.