Policy Press

The Future for Planners

Commercialisation, Professionalism and the Public Interest in the UK

By Ben Clifford, Susannah Gunn, Andy Inch, Abigail Schoneboom, Jason Slade, Malcolm Tait and Geoff Vigar

Published

Aug 21, 2024

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1447366027

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Aug 21, 2024

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1447366041

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Aug 21, 2024

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1447366041

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
The Future for Planners

Spatial planning is at a crossroads, with government reform undermining the traditional vision of state-employed planners making decisions about urban development in a unified public interest. Nearly half of UK planners are now employed in the private sector, with complex inter-relations between the sectors including supplying outsourced services to local authorities struggling with centrally-imposed budget cuts.

Drawing on new empirical data from a major research project, ‘Working in the Public Interest’, this book reveals what it’s like to be a UK planner in the early 21st century, and how the profession can fulfil its potential for the benefit of society and the environment.

Ben Clifford is Professor of Spatial Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

Zan Gunn is Senior Lecturer of Planning at Newcastle University.

Andy Inch is Senior Lecturer of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield.

Abigail Schoneboom is Lecturer in Urban Planning at Newcastle University.

Jason Slade is Lecturer in Planning at the University of Sheffield.

Malcolm Tait is Professor of Planning at the University of Sheffield.

Geoff Vigar is Professor of Urban Planning at Newcastle University.

Part 1: Contexts

1. Introduction: The Changing Organisational Contexts for Planning and Why It Matters

2. Public and Private in Post-war British Planning

3. The Public Interest and Planning’s Contested Purposes

4. Organisational Settings and Everyday Practices

Part 2: Conditions

5. Privatisation and the Contemporary Landscape of Planning Provision in the UK

6. Commodification and Casualisation: Consultancies and Agency Staff in UK Planning

7. Commercialisation and Planning

8. Twenty-First Century Planning Work and Workplaces

Part 3: Consequences

9. Professionalism and Planning

10. Realising the Public Interest in Planning?

11. Conclusions: Reorganising the Future of Public Interest Planning?