Planning for infrastructure and housing – is sustainable development a dream?

Roberta Blackman-Woods

in Social Policy Review 20

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420763
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303473 | DOI:
Planning for infrastructure and housing – is sustainable development a dream?

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This chapter offers some reflections and personal insights into the area of planning, housing and regeneration or built environment. The chapter stresses the significance of this field for social policy because of its ability to shape and reshape communities, add to the heritage and literally create the shape of the world. Planning is also significant in social policy as it has a great role in reducing social injustice, in improving the quality of life in neighbourhoods and in tacking issues concerning climate change. In addition to highlighting the importance of this field for social policy, the chapter reviews the various Labour governments' record since 1997, placing the considerable body of legislation since then into a meaningful context, before providing a thoroughgoing description and analysis of the range of policy measures introduced during the past year. These include the 2007 Planning Bill, built out of the influential Barker and Eddington reports of 2006. In conclusion, it is suggested that how the legislation is implemented is key, since there is still a need for local and national policy making in this area to become better aligned.

Keywords: planning; housing; regeneration; built environment; social policy; Labour government; Planning Bill; policy making

Chapter.  5787 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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