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The future of planningBeyond growth dependence$
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Yvonne Rydin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308416

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308416.001.0001

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Embedding growth dependence in the planning system

Embedding growth dependence in the planning system

(p.13) Two Embedding growth dependence in the planning system
The future of planning

Yvonne Rydin

Policy Press

Chapter 2 argues that most planning policy and practice is dependent on the assumption of growth and is oriented towards leveraging development into a locality. Examples of this includes urban regeneration practice but also the widespread use of planning gain to deliver social and environmental benefits (through S 106 agreements, the New Homes Bonus, Community Infrastructure Levy). Gentrification through such growth-dependent planning is generally seen as an indicator of success. Once growth has been leveraged, some communities then seek to protect the local property market and associated amenities through conservation and anti-development policies. The background theory for this emphasises the dominant importance of economic drivers in delivering urban change. With current concerns over sustainable development, growth-dependent planning has been recast as green growth or ecological modernisation with the emphasis on how new urban development can deliver energy efficiencies and more sustainable places.

Keywords:   Planning gain, Leverage planning, Gentrification, Ecological modernisation

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