15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This unit provides an introduction to state-led planning. It considers the administrative, legal and political contexts in which planning decisions are made and the role of different groups in mediating land-use development. The unit will focus around work to understand how spatial planning systems are constructed and mediated by different actors. The unit will use practical scenarios to explore how action surrounding development might be organised, the ways in which the state is talked about and how it is organised, as well as the means by which the state makes planning policies and implements these.

Staff Contact: Mr Peter Bibby
Teaching Methods: Introduction to the Module What is spatial planning and who does spatial planning? A comparative approach to spatial planning The State and the Planning System The Organisation of Government: National, Sub-National and Local Government Planning problems and planning solutions Policy - what is policy and how is it used? Understanding planning policy at national, sub-national and local scales Managing and Controlling Development
Assessment: Course work

Notes: Part of accredited programmes of: Royal Town Planning Institute; Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors; Royal Town Planning Institute and Royal Institute of British Architects

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK