In spatial planning, the influence of citizens on their living environment is an important and urgent topic. Citizens make their voices heard, solicited and unsolicited, for example by demonstrating against the housing shortage or by getting involved in the sometimes heated discussions about solar parks, wind turbines, nature conservation and agriculture. In the new Environment and Planning Act, participation is mentioned as an important pillar, but what exactly is the position of citizens in this law? Are the expectations, like in the earlier decentralization of healthcare, perhaps too high? And what risks are in the execution of the law? Time to consider how local governments can better safeguard participation.
|Translated title of the contribution||The power of participation: Further assurance in local policies is necessary|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 16 May 2022|
- CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
- ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE