Planning sustainable communities - skills and learning to envision future communities: an introduction

Robert Rogerson, Sue Sadler, Cecilia Wong, Anne Green

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    The aspiration of creating sustainable communities has been an important part of the UK government’s agenda over the past decade. Under this, the role for planning and other professions involved in place making has changed, including expectations of greater consultation and involvement of communities in decision making. To date, most attention has been given to ensuring that planners are suitably skilled to undertake these new roles. Research conducted as part of an ESRC/HCA Initiative suggests that while opportunities have been provided for planners to acquire and reflect on their skills, more could be achieved by moving from a deficit, market-failure conception of skills needs to a 'strengths based' approach. As community engagement is enhanced under the banner of 'big society', this paper argues that significant questions require to be addressed over what sustainable communities are and the role planning professionals have in developing visions for such communities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)505-522
    Number of pages18
    JournalTown Planning Review
    Issue number5
    Early online date26 Oct 2010
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • communities
    • vision
    • sustainability
    • skills


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