Rural Places and Planning provides a compact analysis, for students and early-career practitioners, of the critical connections between place capitals and the broader ideas and practices of planning, seeded within rural communities. It looks across twelve international cases, examining the values that guide the pursuit of the ‘good countryside’.
The book presents rural planning – rooted in imagination and reflecting key values - as being embedded in the life of particular places, dealing with critical challenges across housing, services, economy, natural systems, climate action and community wellbeing in ways that are integrated and recognise broader place-making needs. It introduces the breadth of the discipline, presenting examples of what planning means and what it can achieve in different rural places.
"Accompanied by inspiring case studies, this book compellingly explains which values guide community engagement and which role rural planners may play in realising a good countryside using place-based capitals." Bettina Bock, Wageningen University
“A radical new take on rural place that escapes traditional national silos in planning research to present a global perspective, emphasizing inter-connection and relationality. A fresh and stimulating read.” Michael Woods, Aberystwyth University
Menelaos Gkartzios is Reader in Planning and Rural Development at Newcastle University.
Nick Gallent is Professor of Housing and Planning at University College London.
Mark Scott is Professor of Planning at University College Dublin.
2. The Built Rural
3. The Economic Rural
4. The Land-Based Rural
5. The Social and Cultural Rural