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TCP3053 : Development Management

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Geoff Vigar
  • Lecturer: Mr Timothy Crawshaw
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module seeks to develop students’ knowledge of Development Management including knowledge of planning law, institutional frameworks, decision-making and the processes to which planners must adhere in their work. The management of development will be considered from a range of stakeholder viewpoints and will engage with external organisations to provide real-world perspectives. The module will also facilitate the application of that knowledge through the practical evaluation of issues surrounding planning applications. In addition, the module will encourage critical reflection of ongoing reforms to Development Management.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is delivered in two parts (with the two assessments mirroring these two parts):

•       Part one focuses on the development management process and begins to consider the application of that knowledge through real-world examples. Part one will be assessed through an exam in week 6.

•       Part two moves towards critical reflection of real-world planning issues whereby students must analyse a planning application to prepare a case for an inquiry. Students' ability to synthesis policy and build arguments is assessed by a mock inquiry exercise which runs in weeks eleven and twelve.

Week 1: Introduction to module and Q&A [PIP Module Talk]
      Introduction to DM [2 x 20 min mini lectures]
      Discussion group: Relating to the White Paper [Small group teaching + 20 min video prep]

Week 2: What is development and permitted development? [3 x 20 min mini lectures]
      Discussion group:       Tensions of deregulation and growth agendas [Small group teaching + 20 min video prep]
      Workshop: Analysing DM with external guest speaker

Week 3: Planning application requirements & DM Structure [3 x 20 min mini lectures]
      Discussion group: Future of planning applications [Small group teaching + 20 min video prep]
      Workshop: Real-life case studies, planning applications

Week 4: Decision-making in DM [3 x 20 min mini lectures]
      Discussion group: Development proposals and the White Paper [Small group teaching + 20 min video prep]
      Workshop: Decision-making with real case studies with external guest speaker

Week 5: Conditions, obligations and enforcement [3 x 20 min mini lectures]
      Discussion group: Developer contributions and White Paper [Small group teaching + 20 min video prep]
      Drop-in session

Week 6: The future of DM and experiences from Covid-19 [3 x 20 min mini lectures]
      Discussion group: DM reflections [Small group teaching + 20 min video prep]
      Workshop: Working through appeals with real examples

Week 7: Introduction to assessment, case study and Q&A [Module Talk]
      Introduction to planning inquiries [3 x 20 min mini lectures]
      Workshop: Analysing the case study [20 min video prep]

Week 8: Creating a planning inquiry case [3 x 20 min mini lectures]
      Discussion group: Developing an argument [Small group teaching + 20 min video prep]
      Workshop: Inquiries with external guest speaker

Week 9: The future of appeals [3 x 20 min mini lectures]
      Discussion group: Reflection on appeals processes [Small group teaching + 20 min video prep]
      Drop-in session

Week 10: Planning appeal presentations by students

Week 11: Conclusion

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1120:00120:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00Non-synchronous pre-recorded video content
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading142:0042:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Mock inquiries
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00PiP - Facilitated discussion groups linking lecture material to critical discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00PiP -Mixture of working through real life case studies linked to lecture content and external guest
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00PiP - Introductory and conclusion sessions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is divided into two parts, the first of which aims to convey a basic knowledge of key elements of the development management process as a foundation on which to develop further skills and to assist students to apply that knowledge. This will be assessed through a 90 minute examination in the assessment period which will include knowledge, application and reflection sections.

The module is designed to enable students to bring together their skills from part one in a way that assists them to contest a proposal through a mock inquiry exercise. This is assessed through an oral, group examination towards the end of the semester. Students will have the opportunity to construct a case in full support, partial support or opposition to a hypothetical planning proposal.

In sum, the breakdown of the module into these elements is intended to cover both the practical and the reflective skills required by development managers. On completion, students will have engaged positively in the making and assessing of planning applications, they will have gained experience of critically evaluating applications and demonstrated awareness of the political and governance issues associated with the process as a whole.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102M40A group examination introduced in week one and assessed oral presentations in weeks eleven and twelve
Written Examination902M60Formal exam on knowledge, application of knowledge and critical reflection, organised centrally and sat in around week 6
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In their exams, the students are tested on their knowledge and understanding of the system and their ability to understand debates around planning applications. The written exam will be replaced with an essay, should public health circumstances dictate.

In their group oral assessment, they are tested on their practical ability to contribute to a mock inquiry.

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