Environmental Planning: Background papers

Consultants produced four reports on various aspects of environmental planning to provide background information and help the Commission define more sharply the questions to be addressed in the second phase of the planning study. The reports cover the following topics (clicking on the links opens the reports, in pdf format, in a new window):

  • Environmental Planning, People's Values and Sustainable Development, prepared by Roger Levett of CAG Consultants, 262 Holloway Rd, London N7 6NE. The report focuses on issues rather than description or detailed procedural and institutional questions, giving particular attention to questions of policy integration, and reflecting the Commission's particular interest in the environmental dimensions of sustainable development. It describes unavoidable constraints, and suggests themes that a sustainable planning regime might adopt, before concluding with a list of issues it considers suitable for detailed Commission study.
  • Environmental Planning in the UK, prepared by the Institute of European Environmental Policy, 52 Horseferry Rd, London SW1P 2AG. The report describes the regimes in place, including those under the devolved administrations, and indicates their role within policy frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Strategy. It concludes that there are few obvious gaps in the systems in place, although integration is a problem, and that effective implementation of sustainable principles will be a major challenge over the next ten years.
  • The Use of the Land Use Planning System to Achieve Non-Land Use Planning Objectives, prepared by Land Use Consultants, 43 Chalton St, London NW1 1JD. The report describes the main environmental policy objectives that the land use planning system is now, or is likely to be, required to meet. It then considers the appropriateness of using the land use planning system in this way, and discusses the conflicts between different objectives. It concludes that, while the current system has the potential to deliver sustainable development objectives, it currently fails to do so. The complexity of the system is also noted as a major barrier to its efficient operation. Download the appendix to the report (proceedings of the round table).
  • Planning and Pollution Revisited, prepared by Dr Chris Miller of The University of Salford, Greater Manchester M5 4WT. The report reviews the history of the interface between the land use planning system and air pollution control using as illustration a number of case studies. The author discusses the implications of recent judgements for the delivery of sustainability through the planning system in this area.
  • A Comparison of Environmental Planning Legislation in Selected Countries prepared by the Centre for Environment and Planning, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, BS16 1QY. This study describes a variety of legislative codes for environmental planning in place elsewhere and compares their aims and philosophy with that in the UK. The study includes the environmental planning systems in place in France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States.

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