The short guide to town and country planning provides a short, introductory overview of the practice of planning for those with little or no prior knowledge. The book considers who planners are and what they do, presenting a historical narrative of the emergence of planning as an organised action of the state.
The book discusses planning implementation and delivery with a consideration of planning decision making, and the process of development. It further explores ideas of governance and of government and society and their interactions through the planning system. This book looks at current and future pressures, dynamics, and challenges, encouraging the reader to adopt a reflective and inquisitive outlook.
“This book is a vital tool for those who want to deliver a planning system open to all, with everyone’s health, safety and wellbeing at its heart. It is a must have for all those communities who want to use planning to build a better future.” Hugh Ellis, Town and Country Planning Association
"This account of the fundamentals of planning, written by three authors with a wealth of practice experience, provides an accessible and concise introduction to the development of the profession and some of the challenges facing planners today.” Nick Gallent, University College London
“This is a great overview of what planning is all about, and a handy one-stop resource for any student thinking about starting their career in planning.” Alexander Nurse, University of Liverpool
“A great text for helping students new to planning get to grips with the core ideas and practices of the planning system - concise, focused, and clearly written, this is a wonderful entry point to an expansive literature.” Neil Harris, Cardiff University
Adam Sheppard MRTPI FRGS FHEA is an Associate Head of Department and lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of England, UK, where he teaches and researches site scale planning implementation and decision making.
Nick Croft MRTPI AFHEA is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of England, UK, where he teaches and researches local and neighbourhood planning policy and delivery.
Nick Smith MRTPI FRGS is an Associate Head of Department, Head of Planning School, and lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of England, UK, where he teaches and researches strategic planning, infrastructure, green infrastructure and major projects.
What is planning and who are the planners
Plans and policy: Looking forward
Planning in practice
Enabling planning and change