The Planners’ Dream Goes Wrong? Questioning Citizen-Centred Planning



Lord, Alex ORCID: 0000-0001-8591-3439, Mair, MD ORCID: 0000-0003-0929-5426, Sturzaker, John ORCID: 0000-0002-3922-2677 and Jones, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-2158-1938
(2017) The Planners’ Dream Goes Wrong? Questioning Citizen-Centred Planning. Local Government Studies, 43 (3). 344 - 363.

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Abstract

The reform of urban and environmental planning in England since the election of the Coalition government in 2010 has resulted in the emergence of Neighbourhood Planning: a situation in which citizens can autonomously assemble, define the spatial extent of their neighbourhood and author a plan for it. In this paper, we argue that this radical policy is part of a wider agenda to de-professionalise planning as a statutory function and has its roots in an odd assemblage of classical right-wing political thinking and the prescriptions of post-positivist planning theory. This uneasy conceptual relationship reveals a wider inconsistency between the policy in rhetorical form and its practical implementation. Drawing on primary research from England’s North-West and a thorough review of literature, we hope to show that the dream of citizen-centred planning masks deep tensions within the activity of urban and environmental management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: localism, Neighbourhood Planning, citizen participation, post-political theory, post-positivist planning theory
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 10:06
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2021 04:10
DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2017.1288618
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3028408

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