Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Seminars / Tutorials 4 x 1 hour seminars per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment CASE STUDY  To submit, evaluate and determine a planning application  100%
Supplementary Assessment CASE STUDY  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Describe the planning system and how it has evolved

2. Examine the mechanisms available to influence the planning process

3. Evaluate the merits of an individual planning application

4. Apply planning policies and tools to development control

Brief description

Planning and development control play a critical role in influencing the built and protected environment in which we live. It is an activity that is controlled by a wide range of primary and secondary legislation, technical guidance, local planning policy and local planning practice. Students of the countryside require an understanding of the basic principles and how they are administered in practice, who are the major participants in influencing development control and how it directly affects communities and individuals within communities. This is a practical and vocational module that has students undertaking a planning assessment on a given area which will be in keeping with the principles of best professional practice. There will be interaction with the local planning authority. There is reference to statutory and non-statutory planning tools. By utilizing field situations and evaluating real-life planning issues the module will deliver realism and relevance in the countryside context. Skills of analysis, interpretation, and evaluation are developed within the framework of countryside protection and enhancement.


  • The role of the planning process in influencing the environment in which we live
  • Participants in the planning process
  • The evolution of the planning system
  • Planning policy and guidance
  • Current issues with planning
  • Development control
  • Planning tools

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication A professional standard of report that reflects local government practice will be required.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will need to draw on knowledge from a range of previous modules.
Information Technology Students will be expected to make appropriate use of IT both to gather and present information.
Personal Development and Career planning Skills acquired will be directly relevant to careers with a range of countryside organisations.
Problem solving Difficulties with planning applications will have to be identified and application adjusted to conform with planning policy.
Research skills Coursework will require the student to carry out an extensive desk study to integrate assessment problem with planning policy.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Moore, Victor A practical approach to Planning law Oxford University Press Primo search
Recommended Consultation


This module is at CQFW Level 5