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Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The countryside is often seen as a haven of bucolic peace and tranquillity, inhabited by genuine communities set amidst attractive landscapes. These feelings have inspired those who can afford rural houses to relocate there in increasing numbers. All too often, however, this does little to maintain the local economy and society in rural areas. At the same time, agriculture, the traditional mainstay of the rural economy, not only now contributes only a very small proportion of rural employment, but has been criticised for its increasing effects on traditional landscapes and conservation value. Growing recreational usage has added further pressures. Much of this change has been outside the control of statutory planning measures, and increasing resort has been made to informal approaches, such as countryside strategies and management schemes. The recent foot and mouth crisis, and pressure from central government to promote diversification, will have a dramatic effect on all aspects of rural life, but especially within agriculture. The effectiveness of designated areas, whether in remote upland areas or the urban fringe, is also an important consideration, and will be taken up again in the third year.
- To review critically the inter-relationships between rural environments and the forms of planning intervention that take place within them.
- To evaluate the institutional arrangements for sustainable long-term rural planning and environmental management
- To explore the provision and management of recreational opportunities in rural areas
OUTLINE OF CONTENT
- The changing nature of rural areas: the main agencies
Involved and competing views of the countryside
- Planning for rural employment: agencies and issues
- Approaches to rural housing provision: a history
- The exceptions policy initiative in rural housing
- Service provision for rural settlements
- Maintaining the rural community: the localism debate
- Planning for rural transport: social and environmental consequences
- Approaches to recreational transport: The economic potential of public transport and community rail
- Field Visit
- Change in the agricultural industry: the legacy of the Scott report
- The growth of conflicts between farming and the environment
- Policy for forests and woodlands
- Planning for water provision and management
- Minerals and resource usage.
- Energy provision
Teaching and learning methods
There will be one 2 hour lecture per week. There will also be a day fieldtrip to the Peak District.
Knowledge and understanding
Understand the planning and management issues affecting rural communities and landscapes.
- Assess the appropriateness of planning intervention which aims to improve the quality of life for British rural communities.
- Make critical assessments of current recreational, conservation and management policies in rural areas
- Develop own perspective on possible futures for rural areas, from environmental, social and economic perspectives
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Assessment of academic literature
- Developing arguments through written work
WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Marks will be provided within 15 days of the assessment and further feedback can be given verbally on request.
Curry N & Moseley M (eds) (2011) A quarter century of change in rural Britain and Europe. Gloucester: Countryside and Community Press
Gallent, N. Juntti, M. Kidd, S. & Shaw, D (2008) Introduction to rural planning. London: Routledge. 2nd edition 2015
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|Philip Bell||Unit coordinator|