Colin Haylock took time out from his Presidential visit to Yorkshire earlier this month to launch English Regional Planning 2000-2010: Lessons for the Future, a new book in the RTPI's Library Series.
Published by Routledge, and edited by Corinne Swain, Tony Baden and Tim Marshall, the book is a collaboration between a group of former practitioners who wanted to ensure that the knowledge gained under the previous planning system was not lost to future generations, and to provide lessons for planners in England and more widely.
Pictured: Tony Baden, Colin Haylock, Corinne Swain, Andrew Pritchard.
Colin Haylock said: \"We have a new policy framework in England, but there is much to learn from what went before in planning for larger than local areas. Lessons for the Future is an honest assessment of the successes and weaknesses of the regional spatial planning era. It contains lessons on governance arrangements, stakeholder engagement, partnership working, independent testing and delivery mechanisms that have applicability for different forms of sub-national planning.\" The book reflects on how key topics influenced the spatial strategy in different regional contexts, how methods, skills and processes evolved, and how government used regional planning to further national agendas. It sets the English experience in the broader context of strategic planning arrangements in Europe and the other home nations.\"
The editors who initiated the project combine the perspectives of a former regional examination panel chair (Corinne Swain), a retired civil servant (Tony Baden) and an academic (Tim Marshall); Andrew Pritchard is one of the authors.
Copies of English Regional Planning 2000-2010: Lessons for the Future are available via the Routledge website
(paperback £24 or hardback £80) quoting discount code UWTF11 (available until 31-12-2012).