The Impacts of British Planning
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Land use planning is a difficult policy area to assess and, as Reade (1987) notes, such an assessment has rarely been systematically undertaken: one of the sources of this difficulty lies in the nature of land use planning as a set of procedures with goal-setting as one of the tasks. The objectives which planning seeks to achieve are defined within the planning process and, therefore, there are no externally determined goals against which to judge land use planning activities. This means that an analysis of land use planning can take two distinct courses. First, the activities of local planning authorities can be viewed as a form of decision making or administrative procedure, and the rigour of the stages and strength of the links between stages can be assessed. Second, the effects of planning in terms of an altered pattern of land uses can be judged from a variety of standpoints, standpoints which are personal to the analyst rather than intrinsic to the planning system. These two approaches will be taken in turn.
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