The Town Planning Review

Provides articles on urban and regional planning.

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 5, 2012

Building Trust in Planning Professionals: Understanding the Contested Legitimacy of a Planning Decision
This paper addresses the issue of trust as it occurs in the 'professional' decision-making spaces of local government. It does so by examining a proposal to develop an inner-city site into housing and the decisions associated with this. Findings reveal...
Comment: Adapting Planners' Professionalism for Inclusive Processes in Neo-Liberal Environments
The papers in this Special Issue of Town Planning Review largely analyse the situation of the British planner. Even so, colleagues in many other countries will recognise the seemingly contradictory aims and the concomitant tensions that are discussed....
'Cultural Work', Spatial Planning and the Politics of Renewing Public Sector Planning Professionalism in England
This paper assesses the effects on local government practice of attempts by the planning profession in England to reinvent its role and redefine the disciplinary field by promoting a shiftfrom land-use to spatial planning. Drawing on work that investigated...
Introduction: Planning as a Profession in Uncertain Times*
Changing times, changing planners?The early part of the new millennium has been marked by attempts to reform planning systems and practices in many parts of the world (e.g. Campbell, 2003). One significant dimension of such efforts has been the suggestion...
Planning in an Age of Customers: British Local Authority Practitioners, Identity and Reactions to Public Sector Reform
The rise of the 'customer' concept within public services has been a hallmark of 'New Public Management' style reforms seen widely since the 1990s. As local authority employees, planners in Great Britain have been impacted by this but, drawing on extensive...
Re-Evaluating 'Public' and 'Private' in Local Development Cultures: Converging Vocabularies of Public Good and Market Success in Toronto's New Urbanism
This article queries the utility of the analytical categories of 'public' and 'private' in the development and planning processes of two New Urbanist communities in suburban Toronto. Through an analysis of the conditions under which these projects were...
Reform Processes and Discretionary Acting Space in English Planning Practice, 1997-2010
This article explores the consequences for English planning and planners of reforms to planning and wider governance processes under the Labour administrations of 1997-2010. It reports on a research project concerned with planning as a profession, which...
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