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The collaborating planner?Practitioners in the neoliberal age$
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Ben Clifford and Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305118

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305118.001.0001

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Process: implementing spatial planning

Process: implementing spatial planning

(p.83) Four Process: implementing spatial planning
The collaborating planner?

Ben Clifford

Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Policy Press

This chapter explores reaction to the spatial planning agenda, primarily within planning policy. This is primarily considered in relation to New Labour’s introduction of the Local Development Framework system in England. Empirical data show that planners broadly supported these reforms but felt that, in practice, the Government’s own aims were not being met. Comparing empirical material in this study to that from Labour Government commissioned reports, it is demonstrated that planners were most likely to blame external factors for problems associated with reforms, whilst the Government tended to highlight the role of the planning profession itself and the claimed need for a culture change in the profession. Whilst further reforms to planning processes have been introduced by the Coalition government, a more spatial approach to planning appears to have become embedded in local government.

Keywords:   Spatial planning, Local Development Framework, England, Reform, Implementation

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