Planning @50: What is its future?
This article is part of a series of articles marking the 50th birthday of planning. Read more.
There was a time, some years back, when I was most definitely hanging out with the wrong sort, the boys from the wrong side of the tracks. Not like really wrong – it was the suburbs of middle England after all – but relatively wrong. Boys who 'nosed the brie', wore pockets on their shirts and held their knives 'like pens'. My teacher, Miss Gledhill, took me to one side – a word to the wise she said: "It's been noted that you're being led astray. People are worried about you. You're losing your way. It's about time you stood on your own two feet." I'm not sure I ever thanked Miss Gledhill for those words but that five minutes shaped the rest of my life.