Town Planning Review

Putting Parish Plans in their place: Relationships between community-based initiatives and development planning in English villages

Town Planning Review (2003), 74, (4), 445–471.

Abstract

Two approaches to village planning have evolved over the past 50 years or so— the traditional land use approach of local planning authorities and, recently, more broadly based planning initiatives undertaken by communities themselves. The paper traces the evolution of these two approaches, pointing to the confusion between them that exists already and the potential conflict that might arise over land use and development decisions. Specifically, findings from research into the connections between Parish Plans and the planning system are reported. The current reform of the planning system presents an opportunity to develop a convergent approach to village planning that could reconcile the two different approaches. To this end a procedural framework is proposed that would relate Parish Plans to both Local Development Frameworks and Community Strategies and would encourage the planning system to be more responsive to the needs and aspirations of local communities within the context of wider strategic planning imperatives.

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Owen, Stephen

Moseley, Malcolm