Planning & Coronavirus artwork
The 50 Shades of Planning Podcast

Planning & Coronavirus

  • E15
  • 1:16:28
  • March 28th 2020

Robert Jenrick set out on 12 March 2020 proposals “to bring Britain’s planning system into the 21st century as part of plans to get the country building”. Within a week it was announced that schools were closing and local authority staff, including planning officers, have been dealing with a public health emergency.

Sam Stafford is joined in this episode by Jonathan Easton, Barrister at Kings Chambers; Anna Rose, Head of the Planning Advisory Service at the Local Government Association; and Stefan Webb, Place Director at FutureGov to discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the planning system.

Twitter handles: @samuel_stafford, @jonnye47, @EPlanna and @Stef_W.

Some links:

Planning Inspectorate Guidance:

ADSO and LLG letter to MHCLG on decision-making and democracy:

Greater Flexibility For Planning Permissions:

The Landmark Chambers paper:

Simon Ricketts’ Blog:

The Planning Advisory Service’s resource:

The RTPI survey to inform discussions with Governments across the UK and Ireland:

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

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