TCP8001 : Planning Frameworks

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To develop an understanding of the planning system and the institutional and governance framework within which it operates and its political nature.
To develop a knowledge of planning frameworks, their evolution and the relationship between development plans and development control.
To introduce current debates about how the planning system is developing and changing.
To develop a knowledge of the various stakeholders in the planning process and their rights.

A key element of any planning course is an understanding of the nature and operation of the statutory system, the sources of guidance and authority, and the nature of the administrative and regulatory framework in which it operates. The aim of this module is to provide the students with an introduction to a number of key themes and issues in relation to the policy and regulation surrounding development. It also provides a framework on which a detailed knowledge can be built in semester 2.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction to the module and the birth of the statutory planning system.
2. Introduction to a 2-tier development plan system
3. The plan-led system
4. From lad use to sptial planning
5. Thematic summary
6. Plan making
7. Neighbourhood planning
8. Development management
9. Material consideration
10. planning conditions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study761:0076:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures establish basic framework of key element and their inter-relationship.
Tutorial sessions offer the opportunity to discuss areas of uncertainty and develop a depth of understanding.
The coursework tests the students' development of critical understanding of the planning system in operation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Individual essay 2,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay tests broad understanding of the evolution of the planning system and the exploration and critical appreciation of the operation of its various aspects in the light of a changing socio-economic and environmental setting.

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