Town Planning Review

The re-timing of English regional planning

Town Planning Review (2002), 73, (2), 171–195.

Abstract

The argument presented here is that the new regional planning regime incorporated in Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) Note 11 creates a new geometry of pressures which can rebalance the play of interests and debate. This rebalancing may work against the weaker interests in each region. In particular the implications of changes in time dimensions of the process are explored as a perhaps neglected, but in some respects central, feature of the system. Evidence is taken from a study of two regional planning processes, that in the South West, which was undertaken partly under pre-PPG 11 arrangements and partly afterwards, and that in the West Midlands, which was fully in the PPG 11 era. Some use is also made of information on progress in the South East, East Anglian and East Midlands regions

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