Baker M, Hincks S, Sherriff G, 2010, "Getting involved in plan making: participation and stakeholder involvement in local and regional spatial strategies in England" Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 28(4) 574 – 594
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Getting involved in plan making: participation and stakeholder involvement in local and regional spatial strategies in England
Mark Baker, Stephen Hincks, Graeme Sherriff
Received 1 May 2009; in revised form 23 November 2009; published online 3 May 2010
Abstract. In 2004 the English planning system was subject to extensive reforms which introduced a ‘spatial planning’ approach that goes beyond traditional land-use planning in integrating policies for the development and use of land with other policies and programmes which influence the nature of places. At the regional level, regional planning guidance was replaced by regional spatial strategies (RSSs) and, at the local level, existing local land-use planning documents were replaced with a portfolio of documents that make up the new local development framework (LDF). Together, the LDF and RSS make up the statutory development plan for an area. At the heart of the new spatial planning reforms is a heightened emphasis on stakeholder and community involvement. This paper brings together research at two different spatial scales. The ‘Spatial Plans in Practice’ study examined stakeholder involvement in LDF preparation across England. Parallel research examined the experience of stakeholders in the formation of the North West RSS. Drawing on this empirical base, we examine experiences of stakeholder involvement in the reformed spatial planning system and discuss the implications for the future.
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