This commentary and analysis article for the Academy of Social Sciences is written by Dr Wei Yang FAcSS, Chair of Wei Yang & Partners Ltd. and Co-Chair of the Digital Task Force for Planning. The article explores the urgent need for a long-term integrated approach to planning policy in the UK to solve interconnected risks. Dr Wei Yang’s article highlights the importance of a coordinated policy that addresses living standards, environmental concerns, and economic challenges to tackle societal issues effectively. The article emphasises the need to align the National Planning Policy Framework with climate change commitments to empower local authorities in building resilient communities. It also underscores the correlation between housing quality and health, calling for strategic planning to improve built environments and support population health. Additionally, Dr Wei Yang advocates for digital innovation in spatial planning, promoting the use of data and technology to enhance engagement and decision-making in urban development.



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