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Governing Our Neighbours: participation and conflict in neighbourhood planning

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



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Liverpool University Press, 2017.

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This Paper examines English Neighbourhood Planning as a form of communicative practice and in particular it’s potential to create spaces for agonistic debate about very-local place futures. The value of an agonistic approach is theoretically clear but the emotions associated with participating in, and moreover directing, planning work in one’s own neighbourhood limits the likelihood of such an approach emerging. This can partly be addressed through attention to the resources, skills and attitudes required, particularly among process managers, suggesting a need to promulgate agonistic ideas in planning education and practice whilerequiring the state to adequately resource such processes.

Publication metadata

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

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Town Planning Review

Year: 2017

Volume: 88

Issue: 4

Pages: 423-442

Print publication date: 01/07/2017

Acceptance date: 02/11/2016

Date deposited: 03/02/2017

ISSN (print): 0041-0020

ISSN (electronic): 1478-341X

Publisher: Liverpool University Press


DOI: 10.3828/tpr.2017.27


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