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: 2023/4

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:

Upon completion of this module, students should have developed: 

  • 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 with planning decision-making; 

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

Additional outcomes:

  • 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:

  • History of planning in the UK; 

  • Key concepts in planning; 

  • Planning policy hierarchy; 

  • Planning stakeholders; 

  • Planning tools and plans; 

  • Politics of planning;

  • Engaging the public in planning issues. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures and in-class exercises. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 1 1
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 49
    Exam revision/preparation 10 19
Total hours by term 0 80 20
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Two-hour written exam. 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:
The Support Centres 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 (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:

The pass mark for this module is 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 30 March 2023


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