An Introduction to Planning Practice

ISBN 13: 9780471985211

An Introduction to Planning Practice

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This book is aimed at students on town planning and related courses, as well as practitioners who want to locate their practice within the broadening activity of town planning. It is written by practising town planners and academics with practice experience, and the chapters include many case studies which make connections for the reader between theory and practice. The book does not aim to be comprehensive, but to lay out the terrain in the key areas. It is a gateway to the exciting and varied world of town planning, which should stimulate the reader to want to find out more. It should heighten the appreciation of practice in all its forms and widen the horizons of the world of the professional town planner.

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"...It makes an interesting read...good use of practical examples..worthy of merit as introductions to planning..."
(Housing Studies, Vol.15, No.5, 2001)

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Introduction to Town Planning Chapter 1 What Is Town Planning and What do Planners Do? Introduction This chapter poses two questions: 'What is planning?' and 'What do planners do?' It is divided into six sections. After this short introduction, the second section reviews the problems and opportunities posed by urban and rural development. It sets these in an international and historical context. Very different types of countries have some system for planning and managing development; so what common factors persuade different governments to plan the use and development of land? What are the problems and opportunities created by the spread of settlements and relocation of activities, and what do these tell us about the practice of planning? The third section looks at some of the concerns in the context of the European Union today, and shows how planning is taking on a European dimension.

The fourth section introduces the planning system as it currently exists in the UK. It gives a picture of the roles of the central and local government, the main types of work planners do, and the powers they can operate. But planning practice does not only belong to professional planners. Politicians are involved, as are the public, pressure groups, developers, and many others. We call these diverse bodies 'stakeholders' because they have a stake that is a legitimate place in, and concern for the outputs of, the planning system. The section reviews these stakeholders and their perspectives on planning practice. It stresses that not everyone agrees about how places should be planned. Conflicts over attitudes and values permeate all aspects of planning practice, and require of planners a range of appropriate skills. Conflict is one reason why planning is so interesting and features so often in the newspapers. In view of this, the fifth section concludes by suggesting that planning is a process of debate.

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