Governments around the world are seeing the locality as a key arena for effecting changes in governance, restructuring state/civil society relations and achieving sustainable growth. This is the first book to critically analyse this shift towards localism in planning through exploring neighbourhood planning; one of the fastest growing, most popular and most contentious contemporary planning initiatives.
Bringing together original empirical research with critical perspectives on governance and planning, the book engages with broader debates on the purposes of planning, the construction of active citizenship, the uneven geographies of localism and the extent to which power is actually being devolved. Setting this within an international context with cases from the US, Australia and France the book reflects on the possibilities for the emergence of a more progressive form of localism.
"This book provides an analytical, current, and essential insight into localism and neighbourhood planning and is a must read for anyone studying or engaging in urban planning and public policy today." Adam Sheppard, University of the West of England
Sue Brownill is Reader in Urban Policy and Governance at Oxford Brookes University. Her research focuses on public participation and spatial equity in planning and regeneration, affordable housing and community planning and localism.
Quintin Bradley is a Senior Lecturer in Planning and Housing at Leeds Beckett University, leading post-graduate study in planning and housing. He leads research into community planning and localism, housing rights and social movements.
Introduction ~ Sue Brownill and Quintin Bradley;
Part One: Understanding and characterising neighbourhood planning;
Neighbourhood planning and the purposes and practices of localism ~ Sue Brownill;
Neighbourhoods, communities and the local scale ~ Quintin Bradley;
Neighbourhood planning and the spatial practices of localism ~ Quintin Bradley, Amy Burnett and William Sparling;
The uneven geographies of neighbourhood planning in England ~ Gavin Parker;
Part Two: Experiences, contestations and debates;
Developing a neighbourhood plan: stories from ‘community-led’ planning pathfinders ~ David McGuiness and Carol Ludwig;
Voices from the neighbourhood: stories from the participants in neighbourhood plans and the professionals working with them ~ Edited by Quintin Bradley and Sue Brownill;
Participation and conflict in the formation of neighbourhood areas and forums in ‘super-diverse’ cities ~ Claire Colomb;
Assembling neighbourhoods: topologies of power and the re-shaping of planning ~ Sue Brownill;
A passion for place: the emotional identifications and empowerment of neighbourhood planning ~ Quintin Bradley;
Part Three: International comparisons in community planning;
Community-based planning and localism in the devolved UK ~ Simon Pemberton;
Citizen participation, an essential lever for urban transformation in France? ~ Camille Gardesse and Jodelle Zetlaoui-Léger;
Localism and neighbourhood planning in Australian public policy and governance ~ Paul Burton;
The many lives of neighbourhood planning in the United States: much ado about Something? ~ Larry Bennett;
Part Four: Reflections and conclusions;
Reflections on neighbourhood planning: towards a progressive localism ~ Quintin Bradley and Sue Brownill.