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The exercise of power to limit the development of new housing in the English countryside

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Sturzaker


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The author argues that power is being exercised by rural elites to prevent much-needed new housing being built in the English countryside. Evidence is presented from five case-study local authorities in rural England, via analysis of interview data and policy documents produced at the regional and local plan-making level. Technocratic explanations for the ongoing failure of the planning system to deliver more housing in line with the well-established need/demand for such are rejected. Drawing on the three dimensions of power presented by Lukes, the author explores how the exercise of power effectively subverts planning processes and leads overwhelmingly to decisions being made which favour the exclusionary preferences of certain groups.

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Author(s): Sturzaker J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning A

Year: 2010

Volume: 42

Issue: 4

Pages: 1001-1016

Print publication date: 01/04/2010

ISSN (print): 0308-518X

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3409

Publisher: Pion Ltd.


DOI: 10.1068/a42297


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