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Planning Practice
Critical Perspectives from the UK

ISBN 9780815384847
Published June 5, 2018 by Routledge
334 Pages

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Book Description

Planning Practice: Critical Perspectives from the UK provides the only comprehensive overview of contemporary planning practice in the UK. Drawing on contributions from leading researchers in the field, it examines the tools, contexts and outcomes of planning practice. Part I examines planning processes and tools, and the extent to which theory and practice diverge, covering plan-making, Development Management, planning gain, public engagement and place-making. Part II examines the changing contexts within which planning practice takes place, including privatisation and deregulation, devolution and multi-level governance, increased ethnic and social diversity, growing environmental concerns and the changing nature of commercial real estate. Part III focuses on how planning practice produces outcomes for the built environment in relation to housing, infrastructure, economic progress, public transport and regeneration. The book considers what it means to be a reflective practitioner in the modern planning system, the constraints and opportunities that planners face in their daily work, and the ethical and political challenges they must confront.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: contexts and frameworks for contemporary planning practice
  2. John Tomaney and Jessica Ferm

  3. Devolution and planning
  4. John Tomaney and Claire Colomb

    Part I: Practices of planning

  5. Plan-making: changing contexts, challenges and drivers
  6. Jessica Ferm

  7. Contemporary challenges in Development Management
  8. Ben Clifford

  9. Challenges and emerging practices in development value capture
  10. Patricia Canelas

  11. Public participation and the declining significance of planning
  12. Yasminah Beebeejaun

  13. The design dimension of planning: making planning proactive again
  14. Matthew Carmona

    Part II: Changing contexts for planning practice

  15. Private consultants, planning reform, and the marketization of local government finance
  16. Mike Raco

  17. Localism and neighbourhood planning
  18. Elena Besussi

  19. The evolving intersection of planning and the commercial real estate market
  20. Tommaso Gabrieli and Nicola Livingstone

  21. Planning for diversity in an era of social change
  22. Claire Colomb and Mike Raco

  23. Sustainable development and planning
  24. Catalina Turcu

    Part III: Planning in practice

  25. Planning for housing: the global challenges confronting local practice
  26. Nick Gallent

  27. Planning for infrastructure
  28. John Tomaney, Peter O’Brien and Andy Pike

  29. Planning for economic progress
  30. Jessica Ferm, Michael Edwards and Edward Jones

  31. Planning for public transport: applying European good practice to UK regions?
  32. Iqbal Hamiduddin and Robin Hickman

  33. Planning for the regeneration of towns and cities
  34. Claudio de Magalhaães and Nikos Karadimitriou

  35. Conclusion: Beyond reflective, deliberative practice

Jessica Ferm and John Tomaney

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Jessica Ferm is Lecturer in Planning and Urban Management and coordinator of the Bartlett School of Planning’s "Planning Practice" module. She is a practice-focused academic with research interests in the intersections between spatial planning and the economy. She is actively involved in planning in London. Prior to academia, she worked for 10 years in planning practice.

John Tomaney is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. His work focuses on the governance of local and regional development and spatial planning and the political, social and cultural foundations of regions. Prior to this post at UCL, he was Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University.


"Ferm and Tomaney take a comprehensive look at the nature of contemporary planning practice in the UK and, in doing so, fill a clear gap in the available literature. This book shows how practice is linked to theory, and presents implications of value not only to students but also to reflective practitioners seeking to overcome problems in a range of contexts." -John McCarthy, Associate Professor in Urban Studies, Heriot-Watt University, UK

"Planning in the UK is in a state of flux. Many of the features we have come to expect of planning have changed beyond all recognition in the last few years. The role planning performs, and the context within which it operates, requires a new in-depth review and evaluation. Planning Practice: Critical Perspectives from the UK, written by some of the most highly regarded researchers in the field, makes for essential reading for anyone interested in this changing and changeable landscape." -Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Professor of Town Planning and Director of Newcastle City Futures, Newcastle University, UK

"Planners face growing complexity, challenges, constraints and opportunities in the management of the built environment. Ferm, Tomaney and their colleagues at the Bartlett have produced a timely and much needed book that explores the dilemmas at the interface of practice and theory in contemporary planning." -Phil Allmendinger, Professor of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK