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Recasting regulatory and institutional arrangements in Northern Ireland - conflicts of theory and practice?

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About the speaker: Greg Lloyd took up his position as Professor of Urban Planning and Head of the School of the Built Environment at the University of Ulster on July 1, 2008. He started his career in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Aberdeen. He was subsequently Professor and Head of the School of Town and Country Planning at the University of Dundee. Immediately prior to moving to Ulster he was Professor of Planning in the Department of Civic Design at the University of Liverpool. His research and publication interests include the relations between public policy, planning and real property developments, institutional innovation in spatial planning practices and land and property development, and the efficiency and effectiveness of new planning and regulatory arrangements. Reflecting these interests he served as Independent Ministerial Adviser to the Northern Ireland Assembly Government on its reform of land use planning. He is a member of the Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework Advisory Group. He also sits on the European Regional Committee of the Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE). He is currently a member of the Best Commission into the future of housing in Northern Ireland.

About the seminar: Land use planning legislation is continually subject to amendment as land and property development pressures change, social and economic circumstances evolve, environmental priorities emerge and societal expectations shift. In the devolved UK, land use planning reforms have been put into effect in differentiated ways and timelines. This applies in England, Wales and Scotland. The intellectual rationales for the modernisation of land use planning has included seeking efficiency gains in the administration of land use planning policy and decision making; and facilitating more effective land use planning outcomes, which has included the incorporation of ideas associated with spatial planning. Reforms have sought greater certainty and consistency for private sector interests; securing a more appropriate balance between economic and environmental matters; and promoting greater transparency and civil engagement in land use planning. The reforms have involved combinations of new measures, architectures, cultures and incentives to recast the operational relationship between land use planning and land and property development. This paper considers a specific attempt to achieve such a new operational relationship in Northern Ireland. Reform has come later to this specific case study, a result of specific political and civil circumstances. Whilst the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 has been modified in an incremental way to adjust to evolving societal requirements a more deliberate reform is now underway. This has involved a modernising process across local and regional governance, strategic spatial planning, community planning and statutory land use planning.

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