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Potentials for Communicative Planning in Housing Estate Development Process of England: A Case Study from Dickens Heath New Settlement

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Upuli Prabuddhika Perera

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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In the 21st century, societies are increasingly multi-sided with secular interests whilst urban issues are complex and dynamic, unable to be solved by a single institution. In this context, communicative planning propagates that the pathway to finding sustainable solutions for complex social problems would come from stakeholder participation and finding shared interests among such secular interests (consensus building). Rooted to Habermasian communicative rationality, communicative planning argues, stakeholder participation can ponder not only the scientific knowledge but also emotive and moral knowledge of lay actors such as local communities to inform planning better. In this respect, the paper explores the extent to which communicative planning practise would be successful in housing estate delivery in England. With key pieces of legislation and mechanisms, England represents one of the highest forms of communicative planning contexts whilst providing housing for people is one of the complex and key concerns within local planning. Dickens Heath New Settlement (DHNS) - a large scale housing estate development in the West Midlands of England has been selected as the case study to investigate this communicative planning potential. Following qualitative methods, data were collected through sixty in-depth interviews held with DHNS resident/community groups, master planners and local authority planners and documentary evidence such as DHNS master plan, local planning documents likewise. The findings highlighted that communicative planning has a negligible effect on DHNS conceptual stage but accrued relatively some positive effects at the mature design, development and management stages of the estate development. These are useful insights for housing and communicative planning theory and practice as well as to reflect on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 - sustainable cities and communities.
How to Cite: Perera, U.P., 2022. Potentials for Communicative Planning in Housing Estate Development Process of England: A Case Study from Dickens Heath New Settlement. Bhumi, The Planning Research Journal, 8(1), p.None.
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Published on 30 Sep 2022.
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