Anna Minton has quite a provocative piece in Guardian about the ‘revolving door’-type lobbying and power networks that can be found in the planning and development sector. I’ve seen lots of secondments to and from local and national government and large planning and development consultancies and developers themselves. Most organisations try to build relationships with decision-makers in order to understand the decision-making process and to influence decisions. In property development, huge profits can hinge on fairly subjective political judgements. You can see the potential benefits in terms of exchanging knowledge and understanding but the potential for conflicts of interest are obvious. It’s a hard one to govern effectively. Lobbying is pretty pervasive in business.