TCP1014 : Planning Processes

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


• To give students a rounded introduction to the current planning system, beginning by considering the role of policy and legislation in shaping decision making processes
• To explore the political and democratic factors which influence the construction and implementation of the policy and legislation guiding planning processes
• To place substantive policies within this wider governance system
• To give students an appreciation of the development control function, including areas of relative autonomy from the wider system
• To debate the reasons for, and merit of, proposed changes to the planning system

Outline Of Syllabus

90 minute lectures:

1. Introduction to the module and assignments

2. Development control in practice

3. Development control principles
4. The NPPF: overview

5. The NPPF: thematic sections
6. Local planning: procedures and the role of evidence

7. Local planning in practice - guest presentation and Q & A

8. PC-based workshop to review knowledge of local plan policy
9. Neighbourhood planning

10. Future directions in planning

Non-compulsory reading groups offered in:
Week three
Week five
Week seven
Week ten

Assignment group offered in week eight

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion155:0055:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:3015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00Reading/Discussion Groups
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Reading to supplement lectures
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures guide students to relevant reading and act to join together and explain the content of this reading. They provide an overview of the legal, national and local elements of policy and plan preparation; they contain opportunities for students to work through and apply material explained in the lectures. Subsequently, reading groups provide an opportunity for students to discuss how they have matched this understanding with their reading and how they relate it to their lives and to their assignment. In this way they practice and perform their understanding of the earlier lecture content. The subsequent assignment then allows them to go into more critical depth by studying either the policy or development management side of the planning system.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 word individual essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The seminar provides an opportunity to develop understanding and employment of concepts, the essay then develops this knowledge by providing space for analysis and critical thought.

Reading Lists