Not a term of mine but one dropped from the lips of Lord Heseltine.
"Functionalism monopoly" describes the way in which the silos of national government - health, education, welfare, business, environment and so forth - develop a supplier/client relationship with the parallel local silos. This arrangement squeezes out the idea of place - local arrangements cannot cut across the silo barriers because they are dependent on the national government client for funds, power, influence and functional success.
It's absolutely true - as anyone with any understanding of local government could tell you.
This was the highlight of a Town & Country Planning Association event in Liverpool today. Competing for the low point were Dr Hugh Ellis, TCPA's head planner who wanted the "duty to co-operate" to apply to the private sector and a presentation of monumental shallowness and bias from Jo Boaden, Chief Executive of the Northern Housing Consortium.
...and I agree with Michael Heseltine about elected mayors by the way! And on why we don't need any more strategies:
Responding to comments from delegates on the importance of cities having a clear, regional planning strategy, Heseltine said: "Let’s assume I was a mayor, and someone said, ‘We must have an RSS,’ I have to confess that my shoulders would sag.
"I would respond, ‘I have 25 ideas that need implementing – they are not all coordinated and I don’t need to have an RSS. Instead, I need the flexibility to respond to different situations.