1st Edition

Land and Limits Interpreting Sustainability in the Planning Process

By Richard Cowell, Susan Owens Copyright 2002
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    In a new and critical analysis, this book explores the impact of an influential idea - sustainable development - on the institutions and practices governing use of land. It examines the paradox that in spite of increasing attention to sustainability, land use conflict is as ubiquitous and intense as ever.

    1. Old Conflicts and New Ideas 2. Rhetoric, Policy and Practice: Sustainable Development as a Planning Issue 3. Interpreting Sustainability 4. Defining and Defending: Approaches to Planning for Sustainability 5. Moving Targets: Planning for an Integrated Transport Policy 6. Planning for Biodiversity: Ethics, Policies and Practice 7. Distributing Development: Sustainability and Equity in Minerals Planning 8. Conclusions and Reflections


    Alister Scott, Jim Skea, Michael Redclift, Martin Parry, Timothy O’Riordan, Robin Grove-White, Kathy Homewood

    '...it is particularly rare to find a cohesive and coherent text on planning for sustainability...as a result Land and Limits will be a useful text for a wide audience - Anna R. Davies, Environmental Values.

    'I would recommend that the book should be read widely and deeply by politicans, developers and academics alike...' - Anna R. Davies, Environmental Values.

    'There are dozens of interesting ideas and thought-provoking comments in this book.' - Geographical Association, John Fairburn, Staffordshire University

    'A lucid and accessible review of the theoretical foundations of the subject matter leads the reader into a detailed examination of current land use practices for delivering sustainable UK strategies in key areas of resource management.' - Tony Jackson, University of Dundee

    'A refreshingly critical and theoretically sophisticated analysis of sustainable development in practice...the book should be read widely and deeply by politicians, developers and academics alike' - Environmental Values

    'Everyone who teaches planners should read this...a tightly argued and extremely scholarly book' - International Planning Studies

    'For its measured and scholarly style, its robust dismissal of humbug and rhetoric, and its detailed engagement with a series of controversial environmental issues in the UK, the book deserves to be read widely by academics and practitioners alike' - Land Use Policy, 2002

    'In Land and Limits...[the authors]...have answered academic demands for a cogently argued and thoroughly sourced text that explores the relationship between sustainable development and planning' - Town Planning Review 2003