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The future of planning
Beyond growth dependence

Yvonne Rydin
Paperback, 208 pages, 198 x 129 mm
Other formats available
11 Sep 2013


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"Contains much that will engage anyone who has an interest in the kinds of villages, towns and cities we should build in Britain."
International Planning Studies
"In this excellent book, Yvonne Rydin skilfully critiques the current growth-dependent British planning system while offering a comprehensive and progressive agenda for its reform using the concept of ‘just sustainability.’"
Julian Agyeman, Tufts University, USA.

About This Book

For the past half-century, the planning system has operated on the basis of a growth-dependence paradigm. It has been based on market-led urban development and has sought to provide community benefits from a share of development profits. However, we do not live in a world where growth can be taken for granted and we are more aware than previously of the implications for well-being and sustainability. This timely book provides a fresh analysis of the limitations of the growth-dependence planning paradigm. It considers alternative urban development models, ways of protecting and enhancing existing low value land uses and means of managing community assets within the built environment. In each case it spells out the role that a reformed planning system could play in establishing a new agenda for planning. The book will be of relevance to planning students, planning professionals and planning academics, as well as urban policy specialists more generally.

Author Biography

Yvonne Rydin is Professor of Planning, Environment and Public Policy in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, with over thirty years of experience in researching and teaching in planning. She specialises in governance for urban sustainability looking both at topics such as urban energy, air quality and green spaces, and also processes such as the regulation of urban development, strategy preparation and the production of indicators.


Introducing growth-dependent planning
Embedding Growth-Dependence in the Planning System
The Growth-Dependent Planning Paradigm
The Flawed Economic Assumptions of Growth Dependent Planning
The Environmental and Social Consequences of Growth Dependent Planning
Reforming the Planning Agenda
Alternative Development Models
Protecting and Improving Existing Places
Assets in Common
Reforming the Planning System.


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