Module Identifier RS34510  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Alister Scott  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite RS22410  
Assessment Assignment   Planning report 80% + Planning enquiry evidence 20%   100%  

Syllabus / Curriculum design

The module revolves around the assignment which involves a major planning issue and public enquiry exercise. The lectures support students in this assignment by updating the planning legislation from the previous year; explaining the process of objecting to local plan or major development proposals; providing in-depth tutorials with experts to discuss individual progress on specific planning issues; explaining how to present evidence and undertake cross-examination for a public enquiry.

A visit is made to a planning enquiry, and briefings are given by countryside officers and consultants who have appeared in enquiries.

Aims of the module

To evaluate in depth one planning issue that impacts upon the countryside following planning procedures involving a formal written objection and appearance at a public enquiry.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

i)   assess the impacts of the planning system on the countryside;

ii)   assess the ability of planning documentation to achieve wider social, economic and environmental objectives for rural areas;

iii)   appreciate the process of public participation in the public enquiry process.

Reading Lists

Groome D. (1993) Planning and rural recreation in Britain. Avebury
(1992) Businesses and jobs in the rural world. OECD
Champion T and Watkins C (eds). (1990) People in the countryside. Paul Chapman
Robinson G M. (1994) Conflicts and change in the countryside. Wiley
Cloke P. (1994) Lifestyles in rural England. Rural Development Commission