Spatial planning, devolution, and new planning spaces

Phil Allmendinger, Graham Haughton

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In this paper we put forward the case for viewing 'spatial planning' as a political resource, one which has been largely supportive of the rollout neoliberal approach of New Labour. Drawing on work on postpolitics, we argue that ironically the progressive credentials of spatial planning in terms of consensus building, policy integration, and the search for 'win -win -win' solutions may have helped script out oppositional voices. We then outline how the combination of changes to planning systems, devolution, and local government reform has not generated a 'double dividend' of greater planning powers devolving from new territorial administrations to local planning authorities. Instead a more complex process of creating new planning spaces has emerged after devolution. Five types of new planning spaces and spatial practices are identified, including new soft space forms of governance. © 2010 Pion Ltd and its Licensors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-818
Number of pages15
JournalEnvironment & Planning C: Government & Policy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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