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1st Edition

Regional Planning

ISBN 9780415415262
Published December 21, 2007 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

Regional Planning provides a comprehensive introduction to the concepts and theory of regional planning in the UK. Drawing on examples from throughout the UK, it provides students and practitioners with a descriptive and analytical foundation for understanding this rapidly changing area of planning.

The book includes four main sections covering:

  • the context and history of regional planning
  • theoretical approaches
  • evolving practice
  • future prospects.

New questions and methods of theorizing are explored and new connections made with contemporary debates in geography, political science and planning theory. The elements of critical analysis allow both practitioners and more advanced students to reflect upon their activities in a contemporary context.

Regional Planning is the essential, up-to-date text for students interested in all aspects of this increasingly influential subject.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Context  1. Introduction  2. A Short History of UK Regional Planning  Part 2: Theorising Regional Planning  3. Theorising Regional Planning: Processes  4. Theorising Regional Planning:Substantive  Part 3: Evolving UK Practice  5. The New English Regional Planning  6. Regional Planning in Scotland , Wales and Northern Ireland: The ‘Devolved’ System  7. Making and Executing Regional Spatial Plans  8. Components of Regional Planning: Economy  9. Components of Regional Planning: Housing  10. Components of Regional Planning: Transport  11. Components of Regional Planning: Environment  12. Processes and Politics in Regional Planning  Part 4: Wider Prospects –European and Future  13. Regional Planning in a European Context  14. Conclusions

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John Glasson is Professor of Environmental Planning, Research Director of the Impacts Assessment Unit (IAU) and co-director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University. He is author of An Introduction to Regional Planning.

Tim Marshall is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Planning at Oxford Brookes University. He is a member of the IAU and his research is based across regional planning, the politics of planning and infrastructure and environment.


"This book is a compacted and highly structured study on regional planning in the UK and including its European Union contexts and relationships. It covers an expansive period from the earliest initiatives and originations of regional planning to the present, with correspondingly increasing detail."

Sam C. M. Ofori, Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences, College of Humanities and Legal Studies, University of Cape Coast