Category Archives: Neighbourhood Planning

The New Patchwork Politics of Place

In a new book ‘Building Sustainable Futures‘ edited by Dastbaz and Strange and published by Springer 2015 I contribute a chapter on neighbourhood planning and sustainable communities. The concept of sustainable communities has come to define a particular type of governance … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood plans against developers

The policy intention of neighbourhood planning in England was to overcome community opposition to house-building. It was anticipated that neighbourhood plans would increase the number of sites allocated for housing by giving communities more influence over the shape of development … Continue reading

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Planning workshop helps Leeds neighbourhoods shape their future

Around 40 people from neighbourhood planning groups across Leeds took part in an innovative knowledge exchange workshop organised by Leeds Beckett University’s Planning Network on 7 November. The workshop was organised by Leeds Planning Network, a new research cluster set … Continue reading

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Pawns in their game? Neighbourhood plans win more powers

Neighbourhood plans in England are creating new lines of political conflict in the relationship between central and local government. The new Housing and Planning Bill (2015) grants neighbourhood planning areas a right of appeal to the secretary of state in … Continue reading

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You make plans we make history

In this post, I explore the traditions of self-management and community control behind the rise of neighbourhood planning in England. The desire for autonomy, for self-organisation and self-management, has been a persistent thread in the history of community action in … Continue reading

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