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The innovative potential of neighbourhood plan-making

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Geoff Vigar, Dr Elizabeth BrooksORCiD, Dr Zan Gunn


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Planning has struggled with its identity as a profession. This has made planning systems vulnerable in the face of attacks on their utility. Sue Hendler was a passionate advocate of planning and its claims to professional status. Building on her writing, I argue that planning’s claims to professional status and expertise have validity. Judged against other professions, planners’ claims are of equal status, grounded as they are in the generation and melding of knowledge and knowledge claims and in the exercising of non-routinised judgement in issues pertaining to place and space. Planning practice and education needs to recognise this reality more explicitly.

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Author(s): Vigar G, Brooks E, Gunn S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Town and Country Planning

Year: 2013

Issue: epub ahead of print

Print publication date: 22/03/2012

ISSN (print): 0040-9960

Publisher: Town and Country Planning Association


DOI: 10.1177/1473095212439993


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