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.