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Planning, value(s) and the market: An analytic for “What comes next?”

Holman, Nancy and Mossa, Alessandra and Pani, Erica (2017) Planning, value(s) and the market: An analytic for “What comes next?”. Environment and Planning A. ISSN 0308-518X (In Press)

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Abstract

For 30 years planning has been attacked both rhetorically and materially in England as governments have sought to promote economic deregulation over land use planning. Our paper examines two new moments of planning deregulation. These are the loosening of regulation around short-term letting (STL) in London and the new permitted development rights (PDR), which allow for office to residential conversion without the need for planning permission. Whilst these may be viewed as rather innocuous reforms on the surface, they directly and profoundly illustrate how planners are often trapped between their legal duty to promote public values as dictated by national planning policy and the government’s desire to deregulate. We argue that viewing these changes through a value-based approach to economy and regulation illuminates how multiple and complex local values and understandings of value shape planners’ strategies and actions and thus vary national policies in practice. In so doing, the paper demonstrates how planners have, at least, the opportunity to develop a critical voice and to advocate for policy interpretations that can help to create better outcomes for local communities.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/epn
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2017 09:28
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 10:51
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85767

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