2006 volume 38(3) pages 533 – 551

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Tewdwr-Jones M, Morphet J, Allmendinger P, 2006, "The contested strategies of local governance: community strategies, development plans, and local government modernisation" Environment and Planning A 38(3) 533 – 551

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The contested strategies of local governance: community strategies, development plans, and local government modernisation

Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Janice Morphet, Philip Allmendinger

Received 8 September 2004; in revised form 30 December 2004

Abstract. The current round of local government modernisation in England, which commenced in 1997, has focused primarily on three main areas—new council constitutions, e-government, and performance. However, a fourth strand of initiatives relates to the power of well-being and the duty to prepare a community strategy, in partnership with a local strategic partnership. Academic commentators and planners, who have been focusing on the proposed UK planning reforms as contained within the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (passed in 2004), have largely ignored the development of this strand. In this paper we explore these aspects of the local government modernisation agenda for planners and pull out some of the key issues for comparison in the ownership, role, and development of the new plans: community strategies and development plans. Opportunities and difficulties of ensuring that new development plans become the spatial expression of community strategies is assessed through an illustration of the relationship between the London Borough of Camden’s community strategy and its unitary development plan. Following a review of the content of both documents, wider assessments are drawn out and we conclude by debating the implications of and challenges for a future reformed planning system at the local level.

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