Module Identifier RS36410  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Alister J Scott  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 20 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 Hours 3 x 1 hour  
  Practical   18 Hours 6 x 3 hour praticals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Seen written examination Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4  100%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Outcomes assessed: All  100%

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically assess the current state of the town and country planning system in Britain.
2. Assess the operation of the planning system with respect to the rural context
3. Analyse current research contributions to planning theory and practice
4. Evaluate current planning practice in a range of land use situations


The Land Use planning system has a profound impact on the management of the rural resource and it is important that students studying rural subjects are aware of the strengths and limitations of the system to secure its stated goals. A range of planning cases will be studied, together with a wider critique of the theories, models and discourse on the future direction of planning. The module will also review current research themes within the literature and examine the implications for future planning practice.

The aims of the module are:-
To evaluate the operation of the planning system in a wide range of land use contexts.
To appreciate current research themes in planning
To critically assess current planning theory and practice.

Transferable skills

Writing in an academic context.
The module will directly assess this through a seen exam paper.   

Reading Lists

Gilg, A W (1996) Countryside Planning Routledge
Curry, N R (1992) Countryside planning: a look back in anguish. Inaugural lecture Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education
Wildlife and Countryside Link (1999) A modern planning system for wildlife and the countryside Wildlife and Countryside Link


Hales, R (2000) Land Use development planning and the notion of sustainable development: exploring constraint and facilitation within the English Planning system Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 43 (1) :99-120
Healey, P and Shaw T (1993) Planners, plans and sustainable development Regional Studies 27 (8) :769-776

Technical Reports
Land Use Consultants, University of West of England and University of Wales Aberystwyth (2001) Farm diversification and the Planning System. A report prepared for the National Assembly of Wales LUC : London


This module is at CQFW Level 6