Bridging the gap: An attempt to reconcile strategic planning and very local community-based planning in rural England

Owen, Stephen and Moseley, Malcolm and Courtney, Paul (2007) Bridging the gap: An attempt to reconcile strategic planning and very local community-based planning in rural England. Local Government Studies, 33 (1). pp. 49-76. ISSN 0300-3930

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Abstract

This paper reviews briefly the emergence of holistic governance at the strategic and very local levels in rural England before reporting a programme of action research designed to address the need to develop an effective 'bridge' between planning activity at those two levels. Attention is focused particularly upon the recent wave of parish and market town plans on the one hand and local strategic partnerships and community strategies on the other. Taking cognisance of relevant contextual literature relating to representative and participative democracy and to top-down and bottom-up planning, it draws conclusions about the challenge of developing a synergistic relationship between strategic and very local planning and about the prospects for reconciling some of the tensions pointed up in those theoretical debates.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Democracy, Governance, Planning, Rural
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Depositing User: Debi Jones-Davis
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 11:08
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2014 11:08
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/338

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