Take a proactive approach to planning and designing the public realm (i.e. pavements, pedestrian links, public buildings, public spaces, gardens, the shore, etc.) rather than allowing the public realm become an after-thought and a left-over space after private development is planned and built. Local Councils' participation in such an agency would encourage Councils to think holistically about their respective localities, improving the present capsular, sporadic and often wasteful plans for their slice of the public realm (in spite of any good intentions they may have).