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Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 4|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||School of Environment, Education and Development|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
• The Spatial Implications of Infrastructure Development
• Infrastructure Planning Policy in Britain
• The Governance and Finance of Infrastructure Planning
• Planning for Mega Projects and Sustainable Development
• Localism and Local Infrastructure Delivery
• Planning for Future Infrastructure
• Airport Planning and Development
• Transport Planning and Rail-oriented development
• Northern Powerhouse and Infrastructure Planning
• Housing and Infrastructure Development
1. To conceptualise the relationship between spatial planning, spatial forms and infrastructure provision and how it is shaped by the changing socio-economic and political contexts.
2. To learn the process, actors, resources and governance of planning for major infrastructure, and to highlight the tension between achieving economic competitiveness, sustainable development and spatial equity.
3. To develop a critical understanding of the approaches, drivers, delivery and outcomes of planning for infrastructure projects via examples from Asia, America and Europe.
4. To develop the critical understanding of the current policy frameworks and financing mechanisms for major infrastructure and local infrastructure in England.
- Have a critical understanding of the relationship between spatial forms and the provision of infrastructure in spatial planning.
- Be familiar with the actors, drivers, process, resources, delivery, governance and outcomes of major infrastructure planning and mega projects.
- Be able to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of the current policy framework for major and local infrastructure planning in England.
- Have an international and critical perspective to understand the tensions and dilemmas faced by planners with infrastructure planning.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, Seminars, and Special guest lecturers from policymakers and practitioners
Knowledge and understanding
Be familiar with the actors, drivers, process, resources, delivery, governance and outcomes of major infrastructure planning and mega projects; Be able to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of the current policy framework for major and local infrastructure planning in England;
Have a critical understanding of the relationship between spatial forms and the provision of infrastructure in spatial planning; Have an international and critical perspective to understand the tensions and dilemmas faced by planners with infrastructure planning.
Have an understanding of how infrastructure is funded; Have an understanding of the governmental policies that impact infrastructure outcomes in England; Be aware of how infrastructure influences society and how infrastructure decisions are made; Understand the interconnected nature of infrastructure planning policies.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Be able to orally summarise and present information; Improve group work and work load management skills; Be able to critically assess policy and the implications of policy on people and places; Be able to relate theoretical concepts to practical outcomes; Be able to summarise and critically discuss complex policy issues and outcomes in written form.
Assessment 1: Group Consultancy Presentation to an overseas investor about English infrastructure planning policy framework for the AIRPORT sector
Weighting: Two elements: (1) 10% oral presentation and (2) 15% powerpoint slides, executive summary & group meeting minutes
Assessment 2: an individual essay on ‘Explain the infrastructure planning system in England, and critically assess the challenges of infrastructure planning in England with a case study of a major infrastructure sector’ (AIRPORT is not allowed as you have done so in your group project)
Length: Max. 2,500 words (excluding references)
Presentation: Orally immediately after presentation and via formal written feedback
Individual essay: Formal written feedback and face-to-face drop-in sessions
National Infrastructure Planning website:
National Infrastructure Commission website:
Flyvbjerg, B (2005) Policy and Planning for Large Infrastructure Projects: Problems, Causes, Cures, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 3781.
Hall, P. (1980) Great Planning Disasters, Penguin Books, Harmonsworth.
Marshall, T. (2013) Planning Major Infrastructure: A Critical Analysis, Routledge, London
Town Planning Review 2014 Special Issue on: Planning for Infrastructure: transitional pathways for lagging regions, edited by M Baker, B Webb and C Wong. (There are 7 relevant papers)
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|Yin Wong||Unit coordinator|