Module Identifier RD14810  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Alister Scott  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours 11 x 2 hour  
  Practical   12 Hours 4 x 3 hour  
Assessment Assignment   Outcomes 2 and 3   50%  
  Exam   1.5 Hours Outcomes 1, 2 and 3   50%  
  Resit assessment   Students who fail to achieve an overall module mark of 40% OR the award of a mark of less than 30% for any assessment within the module will be required to resit the examination AND/OR re-present coursework.    

Brief description

The legal and planning frameworks play a critical role in shaping the fabric of the countryside. Students need to understand how the legal and planning systems have developed and operate, and how various tools and instruments can be utilised to secure agreed objectives.

The module traces the conceptual development of planning and law and examines the key players and processes involved in implementation and enforcement with particular emphasis on countryside access and amenity. The practical applications of law and planning are applied to a range of different countryside situations.

Aims of the module

The main aims of the module are to identify the scope and nature of planning and legal systems as they apply to the countryside; assist students to understand the structure and organisation of legal and planning systems in the UK, and to examine the issues surrounding amenity and planning law.

Learning outcomes

Outcome 1
Explain the conceptual development of planning and countryside law

Performance criteria:
The historical development of countryside law is explained
The evolution of the planning system is described
The economic and social context for the development of countryside and planning legislation is reviewed

Scott Report, Barlow Dennison and Skeffington
Health and public sanitation
Pest control/hunting/ownership
Amenity and conservation, NGOs - influences on political decision making

Outcome 2
Identify and analyse the structure of the planning and legal systems

Performance criteria:
The process of parliamentary enactment is described
The development plan process is identified
The development control process is identified
The role of the key actors impacting on countryside law and planning is identified

Parliamentary procedures/white papers/private members' bills/Command papers
Policy Guidance Notes (England, Wales and Scotland), Structure Plans, Local Plans, UDPs
Planning application/decision making/enforcement
European and national government/agencies/NGOs
Public participation: Development plan/control/inquiry/appeal/protest/Major:minor elites

Outcome 3
Identify and analyse the practical application of countryside law and planning

Performance criteria:
Operation of appropriate legal and planning tools is described
Practical applications of countryside law and planning are explored
Mechanisms for establishing open and linear access are examined

Amenity and Access law examples/roleplay situations
Examples of legal and planning tools through contemporary case study selection
PRoW/Common Land/Capital Gains tax/Management and Access agreements

Transferable skills

Common Skills which will be developed and assessed:

Managing tasks and solving problems
Use of IT

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Nadin V and Cullingworth J B. (1997) Town and country planning in the UK. 12th. Routledge
Garner J F and Jones B L. (1997) Countryside Law. Shaw and Sons

Web Page/Sites
Scott A J. Planning material.