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New 50 Shades of Planning Podcast


BECG is delighted to support the 50 Shades of Planning Podcast from Samuel Stafford, Regional Strategic Land Director at Barratt Developments.

Inspired by Sam’s successful blog of the same name, 50 Shades of Planning will bring together contributors from across the planning sector to discuss all things town planning, debate topical issues and share opinions of the profession.

With nearly 6 million adults in the UK tuning in to podcasts each week (Ofcom 2018), the podcast medium is currently experiencing a rapid rise in popularity. BECG have helped Sam bring his vision to life by producing the 50 Shades of Planning podcast and creating a visual brand identity.

If you’d like to take part in the podcast or want help managing or launching your own podcast then please get in touch on 0161 359 4103 or

1st Episode – Planning: What is it good for?

Sam is joined for the first episode Planning: What is it good for? by;

Paul Smith, Managing Director of Strategic Land Group;
Victoria Payne, Senior Consultant – Planning and Urban Design at URBED;
• and Greg Dickson, Director at Barton Willmore,

to discuss the damming conclusions found by recent reports from the National Audit Office (NAO):

“Given these problems, we cannot conclude that the planning system currently provides value for money in terms of delivering new homes effectively” (NAO Planning for New Homes Report)

and the Raynsford Review:

“Nick Raynsford has warned that planning has been reduced to a ‘chaotic patchwork’ of responsibilities which is not compatible with promoting the health, wellbeing and civil rights of communities” (Raynsford Review of Planning Final Report Press Release)

Listen here

2nd Episode – Image Rights

Sam is joined for the second episode Image Rights by;

Andrew Jalali, Senior Planner at Mosaic Town Planning and Chair of the RTPI North West Young Planners;
David Diggle, Director at Turley;
• and Tom Whitehead, Group Town Planning Manager at the Brookhouse Group.

to debate the comments made by George Clarke at the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) annual Frederick J Osborne lecture:

“In a drive to deliver housing numbers Britain is building s**t. It’s not just about how many we build, it’s what we build, the places we create around it, the infrastructure, the public spaces. In general the standard of design is insufficient in UK housebuilding – Where’s the quality? Where’s the sense of community? Where’s the placemaking?”

Listen here

Kevin Whitmore BECG
Written by: Kevin Whitmore


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