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TCP8001 : Planning Frameworks

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • 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.

Introduction to the module teaching methods, learning outcomes, assessment. Overview of the
Planning system, key concepts and institutions
Origin and evolution of planning in the UK
Development plan’s content, process and stakeholders
National planning policy making
Local Plan making in practice – guest lecture
Neighbourhood planning
Development management, an overview
Development management workshop
Planning conditions and Obligation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00Lectures and workshops backed up with podcasts and Power Points on Canvas
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion341:0034:00Writing up of the assignment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Selected reading and other materials relevant to content covered in the module
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading341:0034:00Reading and research to support learning and preparatory work for the writing of the assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Workshop on development management.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Tutorial support towards learning and assessment and opportunity for asking questions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The blended teaching and learning consists of in-person or, if necessary, synchronous online sessions covering 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; lecture / workshops sessions covering the themes of the module; in-depth engagement through reading selected papers or watching short videos / listening to podcasts for discussions. Also two drop in sessions will provide tutorial opportunity to answer questions and discuss the assignment and students’ feedback.

The lecture materials will cover the themes mentioned in the syllabus. The workshops provide the opportunity to apply the learning to practical planning examples and 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. Activities aim to support and guide students in the preparation for assessed coursework. Drop-ins 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
Essay1M100An individual essay, 2000 words (exc. refs) on critical review of a local plan from the views of an interest group.
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