When uncertainty is interpreted as risk: An analysis of tensions relating to spatial planning reform in England

Gunn, S and Hillier, J 2014, 'When uncertainty is interpreted as risk: An analysis of tensions relating to spatial planning reform in England', Planning Practice and Research, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 56-74.


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Title When uncertainty is interpreted as risk: An analysis of tensions relating to spatial planning reform in England
Author(s) Gunn, S
Hillier, J
Year 2014
Journal name Planning Practice and Research
Volume number 29
Issue number 1
Start page 56
End page 74
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The UK Labour government's planning reform (2001-2010) intended to create a more proactive, creative and flexible planning culture. However, as the reforms progressed, public-sector planners increasingly lacked confidence. This article explores texts and contemporaneous interview material through an analysis of uncertainty and risk to present the tensions within the reform narratives, the continually changing context and the provision of contradictory advice from multiple outlets. We demonstrate how the proactive flexible planning message came to be read through a message of performance targets and consider how the various factors coalesced to produce an uncertain practice environment which many public-sector planners interpreted as 'risky'.
Subject History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture)
Keyword(s) strategic spatial planning
planning reform
uncertainty
risk
proactive planning
DOI - identifier 10.1080/02697459.2013.848530
Copyright notice © 2013 Taylor and Francis
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