RE2PLP-Planning Law and Practice

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Christopher Maidment


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Co-convenor of this module is Joe Doak (

This module is delivered at University of Reading and University of Reading Malaysia. It explores the implementation of selected planning policies and their inter-relationship with real estate development processes. It examines the role of policy guidance and other powers, resources and special organisational arrangements in planning policy implementation. It also provides an introduction to the legal principles underpinning policy implementation, using case studies and case law to illustrate the issues involved.?


The module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the main legal principles which apply to planning law and the planning powers, resources and special organisational arrangements used to regulate, mediate and facilitate the management and development of land. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • identify the nature, use, strengths and weaknesses of various implementation tools used to implement planning policies; 

  • evaluate the distributional impacts of planning practice; 

  • analyse policy implementation using case study materials; 

  • describe and use the key legal principles involved in planning practice; and 

  • identify and use relevant case law. 

Additional outcomes:

Through the use of on-line exercises, students will develop Web-based learning skills. 

Outline content:

The module content will typically cover the following areas: 

  • Perspectives on Policy and Implementation 

  • Meaning and Nature of Development? 

  • Role of Policy Guidance 

  • Housing Policy and Practice 

  • Development Control Decision Making 

  • Sustainability and Environmental Impact Assessment 

  • Retail Planning & Development 

  • Urban Regeneration in Practice 

  • Rural Policy & Planning Practice 

  • Heritage Conservation and Green Belt Policy 

  • Challenging Planning Decisions 

Global context:

The module focuses on UK planning law and practice but introduces students to the general principles of planning policy implementation and the impact of supra-national legal and policy initiatives. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be delivered through thirteen class-based lecture sessions and three on-line tutorial exercises. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 14 12
Tutorials 1 2
Guided independent study:      
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 2 4
    Revision and preparation 35 40
    Essay preparation 90
Total hours by term 107 53 40
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One two-hour examination 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One 2500-word essay submitted in week 3 of Spring Term 

Formative assessment methods:

Three on-line exercises: one providing preparation for module essay and two providing revision practice for module exam. 

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of at least 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-assessment will be by the same method as the module’s original requirement, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Required text books - £100

    Last updated: 1 October 2019


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