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TCP8001 : Planning Frameworks

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Simin Davoudi
  • Lecturer: Mrs Teresa Strachan, Dr Brian Peel, Dr Neil Adrian Powe
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to provide the students with an introduction to the UK planning system and a number of key themes that are critical to planning policies and regulations. It examines the evolution of the planning system and its changing social, political and institutional contexts. It focuses on both development plans and development management. It offers a critical, historical understanding of how the statutory planning system works, focusing on England, and the role of institutional and regulatory environments in which it operates. The module also provides a broad framework on which detailed knowledge can be built in semester 2.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following themes. The order may change according to staff availability.
1.       Introduction to the module teaching methods, learning outcomes, assessment. Overview of the
planning system, key concepts and institutions
2.       Origin and evolution of planning in the UK
3.       Development plan’s content, process and stakeholders
4.       Development management, an overview
5.       Development management and material considerations
6.       Local Plan making in practice – guest lecture
7.       Neighbourhood planning
8.       Planning conditions and Obligation
9.       Contested nature of planning decisions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Guest Lecture. PIP
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials240:208:00recorded content of c.20 minutes each on themes identified in the syllabus
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Writing up of the assignment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading361:0036:00Reading and research to support learning and preparatory work for the writing of the assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00Workshops on aspects of development management. PIP
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion41:004:00Structured discussion with guiding questions in relation to content delivered in lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Tutorial support towards learning and assessment and opportunity for asking questions PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Meet the students and introduce the module and the assignment. PIP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Through blended teaching and learning an overview of the planning system in England is provided which covers both aspects of the system - development plan and development management- and their changing socio-economic, political and institutional contexts. Practical examples of the challenges of plan making at different levels as well as determining planning decisions are also offered.

The blended teaching and learning consists of a mixture of synchronous and non-synchronous sessions consisting of a range of lecture materials including: introductory talks to explain the portfolio of guided structured learning activities for each session, and how they relate to the module learning outcomes; two recorded content (c.20 minutes each) per session covering the themes of the module; in-depth engagement through reading selected papers or watching short videos / listening to podcasts which will then be discussed as a cohort in a non-synchronous online discussion board facilitated by that session’s academic contributor; and, two workshops (PiP if feasible and if not synchronous) to learn about development management. Also, a Q&A session (PiP if feasible and if not synchronous) will provide tutorial opportunity to answer questions and discuss the assignment and students’ feedback.

The recorded lecture materials will cover the themes mentioned in the syllabus. The non-synchronous online discussion boards provide students with the opportunity to discuss and delve deeper into issues explored in the lecture materials and in the selected readings in a structured way, and to critically reflect on the contentious nature of decision making in both development plan and development management processes, with the support of independent reading. All activities aim to support and guide students in the preparation for assessed coursework. Workshops and Q&A sessions will be offered throughout the module to guide the students in their preparation for coursework.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100One individual essay of 2,000 words (excluding references) on a critical review of a recently approved local plan.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Local plans constitute the forward looking and strategic dimension of the planning systems in the UK. A sound understanding of how Local Plans are produced and the role of stakeholder engagement in their preparation and adoption is central to planners’ professional knowledge and skills.

The assessment meets three key objectives:
1.       To prepare students to become aware of the contested nature of local plan preparation
2.       To alert students to multiple views of stakeholders on the strengths and weaknesses of local plans
3.       To encourage students to develop critical thinking and professional planning skills

To complete the assessments, students will need to familiarize themselves with the specified local plan’s policies and proposals. They need to know the main interests/priorities of various interest groups engaged in the local plan’s consultation process. They also need to deploy their own critical thinking and argumentation skills to provide a robust and compelling assessment of the plan.

Reading Lists