PSPLANNER wrote:As a planner who has worked in both domains I can assure you that what you suggest for TPA and RPS already happens with most if not all planning consultants. The aim of Private sector planner is to obtain planning permission for their client for a planned scheme. In this regard, the private sector planner is also governed by the Development Plan and must advise the client accordingly. Yes there are Clients who act against advice and lodge silly applications but this is the reason why private sector planning consultants are generally not always successful. Also who do you think proposes and strongly encourages the client to give planning gain?
I shouldn't presume to speak for alonso, but my understanding of his (?) post was that it said much the same as yours.
alonso wrote:At the end of the day, the Authorities make development plans and are the guardians of the built environment. Planners merely give effect to those plans.
PSPLANNER wrote:In this regard, the private sector planner is also governed by the Development Plan and must advise the client accordingly.
alonso wrote:What needs to happen in my opinion is the RPS' and TPA's of this world need to show leadership to their clients and show them that doing the right thing is better in the long term
PSPLANNER wrote:Also who do you think proposes and strongly encourages the client to give planning gain?
Re your other points:
I think there is a variety of reasons why senior public planners leave office and set up privately- access to privileged information and a rolodex full of developers' names didn't seem to feature on your list. Wait and see how many leave when the bubble bursts. Indeed, wait and see how many consultants survive at their current staff levels...
Perhaps I'm the exception, but I've dealt with a wider range of work than many of my peers who went private. And my job positively encourages the taking of the high moral ground.]Your writing skills are tested more rigorously...[/QUOTE]
But maybe not your comprehension skills...?
And FWIW, some of the material I've seen written or compiled by private consultants would make their parents blush. Internal contradictions, misunderstandings of policy documents, examples from planning systems elsewhere that aren't applicable to the Irish context, etc. etc.
Anyway, if you'll excuse me I have a fire to fight.