Neighbourhood Planning

Communities, Networks and Governance

Nick Gallent and Steve Robinson

Neighbourhood Planning

Nick Gallent and Steve Robinson

Distributed for Bristol University Press

217 pages | 5 figures, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447300076 Published July 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447300069 Published August 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Neighbourhood Planning offers a critical analysis of community-based planning in England. A lively examination of planning practices, it sketches the value, rationale, and limits of collaboration within this endeavor, arguing that planning power should shift from the public realm to local communities. The authors question the extent to which movement toward genuine local partnerships— and the consensus required for them—can be achieved through rescaling, as opposed to greater efforts spent building relationships and generating trust in the communities affected. In doing so, they highlight the potential contribution such planning practices can make to the development of a collaborative democracy.
List of figures, images and table
Authors’ note

Part One: Democracy, planning and localism
1. Introduction
2. Democratic renewal, planning and housing growth in England
3. Localism and its antecedents
4. Community-based planning and plans
Part Two: Capacity building and community-based planning
5. Ashford and its strategic planning context
6. Power, capacity and collaborative planning
7. Community dynamics and planning
8. Capacity building and outreach
Part Three: The interface with policy actors
9. Connectivity at the policy-community interface
10. Working with local government
11. Working through intermediaries
12. Community-based plans
13. Planning’s critical interface
Part Four: Neighbourhood planning, leadership and democratic renewal
14. Responsibility and responsiveness: lessons from parish planning
15. Conclusions

Review Quotes
Stephen Owen, University of Gloucester
“This is a major advance in the development of collaborative planning that combines erudite scholarship with a pragmatic appraisal of the role communities can play in helping to shape their own localities.”
Urban Studies Journal

"This book should be required reading for all those in central and local government who have an interest in promoting local democracy and ensuring that local communities are fully engaged in a more devolved planning system."

Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, Town and Country Planning Association

"The Government has shaken up the planning system and wants to hand more power to local people through new ’Neighbourhood Plans’. Providing a critical analysis of community-based planning in England, Professor Gallent’s book’s could not be timelier."

Vincent Goodstadt, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchest
"This book challenges the rhetoric and megaphone debate that surrounds localism. It is essential reading for anyone who wants a critical understanding of the background and issues posed by the new planning system."
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