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Governance and decision-making

Planning cultures in the South East of England (March 2016) This research, by Dave Valler, Oxford Brookes University, and Nick Phelps, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, explores the role of past planning decisions and established local 'planning cultures' in shaping present day approaches to planning for growth in three case study areas in the South East region, namely South Hampshire, the Gatwick Diamond and Oxford/Oxfordshire. The full report and a summary briefing are available from this research.

Success and Innovation in Planning – Creating Public Value (2014) This research, conducted by Newcastle University, identifies innovation in the planning field – where people have tried to do things differently in a wide range of innovative ways. It illustrates how places can be transformed through planning intervention. The final report and research briefing are available.

Making Better Decisions for Places (2014) This Planning Horizons project considers how governance structures in public and private spheres can seriously affect how effective planning is, and how policy-makers need to adopt a new approach to decision-making in order to respond to major challenges such as housing, transport and economic growth. A full paper and summary are available.

Critical Perspectives on Devolved Governance (April 2015) Contributions from a symposium held at UCL which carried on the debate started in Making Better Decisions for Places by encouraging a critical perspective towards devolution and considering what the current devolution agenda means for policy.

Prospects for Cities (2014) A briefing based on ESPON research. It highlights the significance of core cities to the national economy and reflects on the approaches taken by Leeds and Manchester to generate prosperity beyond the capital.

Study into the Operation of Planning Committes in Wales (2013) Provides evidence on the efficiency and effectiveness of planning committees and to make recommendations for change in a report to Welsh Ministers. A full report, summary and Crynodeb Gweithredol are available.

Mediation in Planning: A Short Guide (2011) National Planning Forum with RTPI. Mediation is a cost effective way of resolving disputes and building consensus with the help of an independent thirs party. It is not a subsitute for good planning, but it can build trust and confidence in the planning system.