Town Planning Review

Local integrated spatial planning – the changing role in England

Town Planning Review (2009), 80, (4-5), 393–414.

Abstract

When introduced in 2004, spatial planning in England was set within the system of local governance, to perform a specific delivery role. This article sets out the system within which spatial planning now operates and the changes that this approach has introduced. It sets out the role of spatial planning in infrastructure planning and delivery, and there is a discussion of provenance of this style of spatial planning. The article reviews whether these changes represent a paradigm shift in the role of planning at the local level, where it is now integrated into the wider local governance architecture. The article concludes with a consideration of the potential effectiveness of spatial planning in this integrated role and prospects for the future.

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