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Re-imagining neighbourhood governance: the future of neighbourhood planning in England

Wargent, Matthew ORCID: and Parker, Gavin 2018. Re-imagining neighbourhood governance: the future of neighbourhood planning in England. Town Planning Review 89 (4) , pp. 379-402. 10.3828/tpr.2018.23

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Neighbourhood planning is arguably the most radical innovation in UK neighbourhood governance in a generation, with over 2,200 communities in England now involved in statutory development planning at the neighbourhood level. Following incremental policy reforms, we argue that neighbourhood planning has reached a critical juncture where the future of the initiative is at stake. In this article we reflect on existing research to assess the policy to date before imagining what an optimised version of the policy might look like. Despite being a state-led initiative, central government has failed to provide an image of success for neighbourhood planning which we argue has held back widespread innovation and progressive participation. We therefore outline a normative guide against which future iterations of neighbourhood planning might be assessed, and employ this in order to imagine a more comprehensive form of neighbourhood governance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
ISSN: 0041-0020
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 January 2022
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 01:24

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