Providing an overview of rural (spatial) planning for students on planning, geography and related programmes, this book charts the major patterns and processes of rural change affecting the British countryside, its landscape, its communities and its economies in the twentieth century. The authors examine the role of ‘planning’ in shaping rural spaces, not only the statutory ‘comprehensive’ planning that emerged in the post-war period, but also planning and rural programme delivery undertaken by central, regional and local policy agencies. The book is designed to accompany a typical teaching programme in rural planning and considers:
- the nature of rural areas and the emergence of statutory planning in England
- the agents of rural policy delivery and the potential for current planning practice to become a ‘policy hub’ at the local level, co-ordinating the actions and programmes of different agents
- economic change in the countryside and the influence planning has in shaping rural economies
- social change, the nature of rural communities and recent debates on housing and rural service provision
- environmental change, the changing fortunes of farming, landscape protection, and the idea of a multi-functional landscape made by forces that can be shaped by the planning process
- key areas of current concern in spatial rural planning, including debates surrounding city-regions, the rural
- the challenge of managing rural change in the twenty-first century through new planning and governance processes.
A comprehensive coverage of the forces, processes and outcomes of rural change whilst keeping planning’s influence and role in clear view at all times.
About the Author
Nick Gallent is Reader in Housing and Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. He has research interests in the areas of planning for housing, rural housing and countryside planning and is the co-author of several previous books on these subjects. He is a chartered town planner and a chartered surveyor.
Meri Juntti is a senior research associate at the Centre for Economic and Social Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), University of East Anglia. She conducts research into the integration of environmental objectives to EU agricultural and rural development policies. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.
Sue Kidd is a senior lecturer in the Department of Civic Design at Liverpool University. Her research interests focus around integrated planning and management. She has a particular interest in exploring ways in which environmental considerations may be more effectively combined with economic and social concerns in policy making. Sue is a chartered town planner.
Dave Shaw is a professor and Head of the Department of Civic Design at Liverpool University. His research interests focus on the way that the new spatial planning system is being operationalized, particularly in relation to the opportunities it offers for integrated planning and management for the countryside.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Ruruality, Planning and Governance 1. Introduction 2. Rural Governance and Spatial Planning Part 2: The Rural Economy 3. Economic Change 4. The Farming Economy 5. New Economies Part 3: The Needs of Rural Communities 6. Community Change 7. Rural Housing: Demand, Supply, Affordability and the Market 8. Living in the Countryside Part 4: Environmental Change and Planning 9. A Changing Environment 10. A Differentiated Environment Part 5: Governance, Coordination and Integration 11. (Re) Positioning Rural Areas 12. Conclusions: Integrating Agendas, Coordinating Responses