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The 50 Shades of Planning Podcast

Created by Samuel Stafford • 68 episodes

68 Episodes

Leading From The Front
  • E67
  • 1:11:24
  • Apr 30th 2022
Think Differently
  • E64
  • 1:13:35
  • Mar 21st 2022
No Little Plans
  • E63
  • 54:00
  • Mar 5th 2022
An amassing of Think Tanks
  • E62
  • 57:35
  • Feb 12th 2022
Life on the Front Line
  • E60
  • 58:47
  • Jan 8th 2022

The 50 Shades of Planning Podcast

Sam Stafford started writing the 50 Shades of Planning blog in 2012 and in 2019 turned it into a podcast. 50 Shades of Planning is about the foibles of the English planning system and it's aim is to cover the breadth of the sector both in terms of topics of conversation and in terms of guests with different experiences and perspectives.

50 Shades episodes include 'Hitting The High Notes', which is a series of conversations with leading planning and property figures. The conversations take in the six milestone planning permissions or projects within a contributor’s career and for every project guests are invited to choose a piece of music that they were listening to at that time. Think Desert Island Discs, but for planners! If you would like to feature on 'Hitting The High Notes', or know somebody that would make a great guest, please email [email protected]

If you have listened to Episode 45 of the 50 Shades of Planning Podcast you will have heard Clive Betts say that...

'In the Netherlands planning is seen as part of the solution. In the UK, too often, planning is seen as part of the problem'.

Sam said in reply that that would look good on a t-shirt and it does. Further details can be found here:

Sam is on Twitter (@samuel_stafford) and his blogs can be found here:

The 50 Shades of Planning Podcast is produced in association with BECG - the Built Environment Communications Group. BECG are on Twitter at @BECGUK and online at

Why Fifty Shades? Well, planning is not a black and white endeavor. There are at least fifty shades in between...

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