Definition – Transparency is a characteristic of governments, companies, organisations and individuals that are open in the clear disclosure of information rules, plans, processes and actions. But making information available is not alone sufficient to achieve transparency. Information should be managed and published so that it is:
- Relevant and accessible – information should be published in plain and readily comprehensible language and formats appropriate for different stakeholders.
- Timely and accurate – information should be made available in sufficient time to allow for analysis, evaluation and engagement by relevant stakeholders.
Relevance to SUMP – One of the aims of the plan for stakeholder and citizen involvement prepared to guide SUMP development should be to ensure a transparent planning culture that is, as a minimum, based on regular communication and consultation.