REMF50-Planning Policy and Practice

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Gavin Parker


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module introduces students to planning practice; including the tools and policy layers which frame development. Students will be exposed to the ways in which town planning in the UK has developed and been contested. This will include studying a set of key ideas on which the UK/English planning system has been based and highlighting how different actors involved input to planning policy and decisions.


  • To facilitate understanding of the key principles of town planning in the UK;

  • To enable understanding of the operation of the land-use planning system;

  • To explore the use of various planning tools relevant in shaping development.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the basis of the planning system in the UK, specifically England; 

  • an understanding of the issues and constraints typically found in planning;

  • an understanding of the actors involved and conflicts associated to planning decision-making;

  • how to apply conceptual knowledge to town planning practice and analysis.

Additional outcomes:

Typically, on completion of the module, students should be equipped to:

  • comprehend and  explain complex issues and debates surrounding policy and decision-making in planning;

  • apply and set out critical analyses of planning systems.

Outline content:

Topics to be covered in the lecture and programme will include:

  • History of planning in the UK;

  • Key concepts in planning;

  • Planning policy hierarchy;

  • Planning stakeholders;

  • Planning tools and plans;

  • Engaging the public in planning issues;

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will consist of lectures, and independent study on an individual basis.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Tutorials 1 1
Guided independent study 88
Total hours by term 99.00 1.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

The pass mark for this module is 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 31 July 2018


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