Dutch planning is widely known and admired for its ambitions and its achievements. This book provides, for the first time, a comprehensive description and analysis in English of its full range of policies and practices. It gives an up-to-date account of the principles - written and unwritten - behind the planning, and in addition shows how the practice sometimes ignores those principles in order to achieve better results. It describes the content of the policies, the measures taken to realise them, and the successes and failures. The book is not uncritical of Dutch land-use planning, but the author values its strengths and believes that planning in other countries could learn from them. These strengths arise in the continuing tension between the high ambitions of the Dutch planning, and the ingenuity and pragmatism exercised in order to realise those ambitions.
’Rightly or wrongly, Dutch planning is the object of international acclaim. A Cambridge-educated economist, planner and long-term resident in The Netherlands, Barrie Needham combines a critical view with insider knowledge gained as the distinguished Dutch academic and adviser on matters of land policy and planning which he is. Importantly, his assessment addresses the fundamental changes which Dutch planning is undergoing.’ Andreas Faludi, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands ’To the outsider Dutch land use, urban and environmental planning both amazes and confounds. In this incisive volume Barrie Needham - a scholar, participant, and long-time foreign resident - explains its why, how and what, both with empathy and a critical eye. An invaluable contribution in an era where the Dutch model offers many lessons for the practice of sustainability.’ Harvey M. Jacobs, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA