Planning Policy and Practice - ARCH8500

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 7 30 (15) Samer Bagaeen checkmark-circle


This module develops students' understanding of changing planning legislation used to guide development and land use, to appreciate how and why these have changed over time, to critically reflect upon current spatial planning mechanisms and to recognise the linkages between other public policies and spatial policies. The module also covers planning law, the relationship between decision making and the broader facilitation of development outcomes. Students will become familiar with the methods and mechanisms used for implementing spatial planning policy, the principles underpinning them, and the role of different stakeholders in the implementation process, and how individual rights and community interests are reconciled. Seminar and workshop sessions will apply the skills and knowledge gained through lectures.


Contact hours

Total contact time: 36 hours
Total private study: 264 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Report (50%) (2,500 words)
Essay (50%) (2,500 words)
Both of the above assessed components must be passed (requirement of accreditation by the RTPI)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Couch, C. (2016) Urban Planning: An introduction. London: Palgrave Macmillan
Crook, T., John Henneberry & Christine Whitehead (2016) Planning Gain: Providing Infrastructure and Affordable Housing. London: Wiley-Blackwell
Cullingworth et. al (2015) Town and country planning in the UK. London: Routledge
Dawn Jourdan & Eric Strauss (2015) Planning for Wicked Problems: A Planner's Guide to Land Use Law. London: Routledge
Gallent, N., Iqbal Hamiduddin, Meri Juntti, Sue Kidd, Dave Shaw (2015) Introduction to Rural Planning. London: Routledge
Greed, C. and David Johnson (2014) Planning in the UK: An introduction. London: Palgrave Macmillan
Holloway, A. (2017) Localising Global Goals in Australia's Global City: Sydney, WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, vol. 226, pp. 181-191
Roadmap for Localizing the SDGs; UNDP, UN-Habitat, Global Task Force (2016)
SDGs - What local governments need to know; UCLG (2016)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Critically evaluate and comment on the core principles and the legislative and policy framework which underpin development management in the built and natural
2 Research, analyse and demonstrate a critical understanding of how spatial planning operates within the context of institutional and legal frameworks in the UK and
3 Critically evaluate UK spatial planning policy processes and practice in relation to urban and rural planning challenges;
4 Critically evaluate the social, economic, environmental and political context for the delivery of housing and infrastructure;
5 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the political, legal and ethical nature of spatial planning and reflect on how planners work effectively within democratic decision-
making structures;
6 Demonstrate a critical understanding of global challenges around planning and governance, the increasing power of cities and how cities are at the forefront of delivering
locally the sustainable development goals.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Plan and effectively manage the use of time, including the management of learning using a range of resources.
2 Manage independent creative and practical projects developing autonomy, and self-management
3 Develop strategy writing and presentation skills to a professional level.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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