The innovative potential of neighbourhood plan-making

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Author(s)Vigar G, Brooks E, Gunn S
Publication type Article
JournalTown and Country Planning
Issueepub ahead of print
ISSN (print)0040-9960
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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.
PublisherTown and Country Planning Association
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