Town Planning Review 88.5 Featured Article

Posted on September 11, 2017 by Megan Ainsworth

The editors of TPR have selected “Enforcing planning regulations in areas of high immigration: a case study of London” by Neil Harris as the Featured Article for the latest issue. It will be free to access for a limited time. You can access the article here


When asked to describe the paper, and highlight its importance, the author stated the following:


This research was prompted by some earlier, conceptual work I had completed on the norms that underpinned planning rules and the various techniques and activities designed to secure compliance with those rules. I extended this work by speculating on what factors may complicate this idea that planning systems and practices are based on a series of shared norms, principles and understandings. This led to some early ideas about groups that may not share or fully subscribe to the same norms as are embedded in established planning systems. I entertained the idea that immigrants, who may have experience of very different systems for regulating land use and development, would face challenges in adapting to their experience of land-use planning in Britain.


So, this research is a story of the two-way encounter between a land use planning system - and the activities of those professionals that operate it - and a diverse society characterised by significant immigration. The story quickly developed into one of how planners manage in the context of racial, religious, cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as some of the distinctive interactions that immigrant groups have with the planning system. The research opens our eyes – in a very practical, but conceptually informed way – to the daily experiences of enforcing planning regulations in diverse societies characterised by immigration.

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