Public Participation in Urban Development: The European Experience


The politics of urban development in Britain have changed fundamentally over the last 20 years. In the early 1980s central government saw the planning system as bureaucratic and inefficient - with public participation in planning regarded as a hindrance Today the government is attempting to make planning more accessible and easier to use. Local plans have been given high priority and Ministers have gone on record to say that the public should be involved in planning as much as possible.

Parallel to these shifts, there has been an upsurge in popular protest about urban development. This has frequently taken the form of 'nimby' movements. Furthermore, new forms of 'corporatist' relationship between planning authorities, developers and other businesses have emerged in some areas.

Despite these changes, there has been almost no recent research on participation in urban planing. Nor has there been any comparative research looking at participation in other countries. Using examples from Britain, France and Sweden - three countries with highly contrasting approaches to planning and local government - this book examines the ways in which public participation in plan preparation and in urban development control takes place.

ISBN: 0853746443