Town Planning Review

Planning and house building: A step change from the bottom up?

Town Planning Review (2004), 75, (1), 95–122.

Abstract

Current reforms of the British planning system are designed to address a range of perceived weaknesses in the way new housing, and the planning service more generally, are delivered. This paper draws on the findings of 11 local case studies to demonstrate how a range of local practices and initiatives – guiding new housing development – are addressing the need for greater speed and efficiency, the lack of inclusive planning and decision making, the failure to integrate policy areas, the lack of certainty and transparency in policy and its implementation, and finally, the accusation that planning is no longer a positive force in shaping the built environment. The aim is to highlight how some authorities, at least, have already embarked on a step change, and to argue that these local lessons should be built on during current attempts to reinvigorate the planning system.

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Carmona, Matthew

Gallent, Nick