The English planning system is in crisis, argue the authors of this provocative new book. Reflecting on controversial new Government reforms and deregulation, Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis provide a comprehensive analysis of these reforms, assessing the implications and significance for the future.
They highlight why planning is so essential to quality of life and set out 10 evidence-based steps to rebuild the planning system in England. Drawing on policy and practice examples from across the UK and internationally, the book is a manifesto for change. It provides a direct and vigorous challenge to the current structure and policy of planning that should ignite a debate about the values that shape its future.
Hugh Ellis is Head of Policy at the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and Honorary Professor at the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to joining the TCPA he had been the senior planning advisor to Friends of the Earth and previously worked as a lecturer in the University of Sheffield planning school.
Kate Henderson is Chief Executive of the TCPA and a visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. At the TCPA, Britain's oldest charity concerned with planning, housing and the environment, Kate leads the Association’s efforts to shape and advocate planning policies that put social justice and the environment at the heart of the debate.
Part 2: Ten ideas to transform England;
1. A vision for England;
2. Rebuilding our institutions;
3. A new generation of place-makers;
4. New civil rights in planning;
5. Feeding the nation;
6. A new house building model;
7. Restoring zero carbon;
8. A commitment to Lifetime homes and space standards;
9. Municipalised energy for our communities;
10. Greening our cities;
"A thorough, engaging account of the dire state of planning in England and a welcome radical re-think of the way we plan. It will be essential reading for my planning students next year." Jessica Ferm, UCL
"This should be the kind of book that launches a proper national debate on the role of planning." Planning Resource
"Forcefully reminds us that real planning is essential to provide decent homes for everyone in well-designed places, underpinned by a planning system delivering equity across Britain" Peter Hetherington, TCPA chair and former regional affairs editor of The Guardian
"Good planning matters to all of us. In this engaging book, Hugh Ellis and Kate Henderson offer timely critique of recent government reforms and some good ideas to help recapture the utopian spirit and purpose of planning in England." Ben Clifford, University College London