Planning goes bananas

We all love a good acronym, and I recently learnt a great one. It is the latest bit of planning speak, and it is 'banana'.

Once upon the time the key phrase for those who resisted change was 'nimby', standing, as we all know, for 'not in my backyard'. That seemed pretty obstructionist, but things have move on since then, and not in a development-friendly way it seems. Because 'banana' means 'build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything'. Which has the virtue, I suppose, of being less immediately self-centre.

But, with a housing shortage and the need to densify our cities and upgrade our infrastructure, it doesn't feel exactly positive. We all love  a bit of heritage, but...



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