The Community Planning Handbook: How People Can Shape Their Cities, Towns and Villages in Any Part of the World, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Community Planning Handbook

How People Can Shape Their Cities, Towns and Villages in Any Part of the World, 2nd Edition

By Nick Wates


304 pages | 60 Color Illus.

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Growing numbers of residents are getting involved with professionals in shaping their local environment, and there is now a powerful menu of tools available, from design workshops to electronic maps. The Community Planning Handbook is the essential starting point for all those involved: planners and local authorities, architects and other practitioners, community workers, students and local residents. It features an accessible how-to-do-it style, best practice information on effective methods, and international scope and relevance. Tips, checklists and sample documents help readers to get started quickly, learn from others' experience and to select the approach best suited to their situation. The glossary, bibliography and contact details provide quick access to further information and support. This fully updated new edition contains extra material on following up after community engagement activities.


Congratulations on a brilliant piece of collaborative work. I am in awe! —Wendy Sarkissian, Australia

This book will help all those concerned with shaping the environment to get started quickly, learn from others’ experience and undertake community planning with understanding and sensitivity. Nick Wates has done it again. —Joan Kean MBE, Town & Country Planning

A wonderful work. The contribution of this book in the field of planning will be widely acknowledged. It will not only be helpful for planners but also to the lay people planning day to day life activity in their respective cities —Piyush Rout, Urban Regional Planner, Orissa, India

As a practical handbook on ways of working with communities on environmental and planning matters, this is a real winner… Above all, this book is designed to be useful to readers and users, and to give them the confidence to start working in these ways, and at that it succeeds brilliantly. —Diane Warburton, EG

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. General principles A-Z 3. Methods A-Z 4. Scenarios A-Z 5. Programmes 6. Case Studies Appendices

About the Author


Nick Wates is a writer, researcher, publisher and project consultant specialising in community involvement in planning and design. He is director of Nick Wates Associates Limited, Community Planning Specialists, and Site Editor of

About the Series

Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

There is increasing global demand for more local involvement in the planning of the environment. This is the only way that communities will get the surroundings they want and make the transition towards a sustainable future. This series of short, accessibly priced, practical books have been written by the world’s leading planning professionals to provide tools to support community planning wherever it occurs. Each book is a stand-alone, but together they create a compelling resource for planning professionals, community groups, activists, planning students and anyone looking to facilitate engagement in a community context.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development