REP Research Update - December

Dec 04, 2020

Real Estate & Planning Department Research Updates

Read two updates from REP, with research conducted for the UK Government, as well as a large scale project funded by the Royal Society. 


Impacts of Neighbourhood Planning (INPE) (Funder: MHCLG) 
Research team: Gavin Parker, Matthew Wargent, Mark Dobson, Tessa Lynn, with Kat Salter (University of Birmingham), Andy Yuille (Lancaster University) and Navigus Planning. 

National review of the role of neighbourhood planning in England for the UK government, which examined the successes and barriers of the policy in terms of impacts on development, decision-making, community attitudes and geographies of take-up. The extensive study represents the most in-depth and detailed research on neighbourhood planning since its formal introduction under the 2011 Localism Act. The research involved a quantitative analysis of NP activity, surveys, cases studies and focus groups. This research also builds on prior work which has shaped the policy and its support arrangements. The INPE research identified a series of areas for action across: funding, support, training, implementation and wider system alignment.

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Land use decision making in rural areas (Funder: Royal Society) 
Research team: Jeremy Burchardt (UoR History), Joe Doak, Gavin Parker

Commissioned as part of the wider Living Landscapes programme which aims to consider the Future of the Countryside, this study for the Royal Society reviewed arrangements for land use decision-making both in the UK and overseas across economic, environmental and social dimensions. The work centered on a detailed review involving an historical analysis, identification of current stakeholders and assessment of current arrangements and how they may be improved. This work was necessary in the light of Brexit and the need to reconfigure the institutional environment for effective goal delivery after the UK’s departure from the European Common Agriculture Policy. The work focused on a number of key ideas and options which policy and other new arrangements will need to confront and address in the coming years.

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Download "Review of Key Trends and Issues in UK Rural Land Use" as a PDF below.


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