The Bartlett School of Planning


The Purpose of Planning

The Purpose of Planning

6 September 2011

Yvonne Rydin (2011), Polity Press

This book by Yvonne Rydin is about the way that the planning system works, what it can do, what it cannot do and how it should evolve to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  It looks at a range of issues to unlock the purpose of planning by being positive about the role of planning while remaining realistic about its achievements and potential.

"This book brings home why planning matters to everyone - it is at the centre of a complex web of politics, culture, economics and technology that create the hard and soft fabric of a community - and as the new Government sets out to radically reform the planning system The Purpose of Planning could not be timelier"
Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, Town and Country Planning Association