By Dennis Jerke ASLA
Utilizing verifiable figures and drawing on specialist adventure, this argument for the "dividend" generated from high quality, preinvestment layout investigates the advantages and impact of fine design upon all elements of an city area—the group, companies, staff, most people, urban officers, and the developer.
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Consequently, the most consistently successful strategy has been continually to bolster and, if necessary, fall back upon a role definition which has emphasised core activities sanctioned by legislation (development planning and development control) and, more generally, the control and management of land use. These have the virtues of not encroaching on the domains of other professional groups in local government (though ‘border skirmishes’ may occur from time to time) and of lending themselves to being presented as technical skills and aptitudes (even if the skill sometimes consists of simply knowing how the planning system works – see Thomas, 1992).
As stated earlier, the planning profession is largely a local government profession that has grown as part of the enormous development of the public sector at central and local levels in Britain post-1945. e. controlling access to a certain range of jobs). g. planners are one of the occupational groups active in the new environmental obligations placed upon local authorities). Healey and Underwood’s research shows that in the bruising world of organisational politics planners can rarely sustain claims to roles which involve coordination of, or control over, the activities of other professions.
2–3). These are important changes, which must influence the nature of planners’ education even where they are honoured in a routinised and lacklustre manner. Moreover, the production of graduates who have been exposed to discussions of social justice and equal opportunities may make some impact on professional practice, although the extent and depth of impact will be qualified by the effects of other influential factors which will be discussed later in this chapter. The shift in the education guidelines was the product of prolonged debates within the Institute about broadening the concept of planning that it was promoting, from a ‘value-free’ technical activity focused on plan-making to the management of environmental change, an activity combining technical and evaluative components and which is necessarily conducted in a political context (Hague, 1996).