Key Concepts in Planning forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Planning provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in Planning. Involving detailed and expansive discussions, the book includes: An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field; Over 20 key concept entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions and evolutions of the subject; Extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading

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Related terms: pleasantness; sense of place; place identity; character; environment; environmental justice; liveability; quality of life; heritage


Concern for the environment and environmental quality was an early preoccupation for urban and regional planning. In the UK this has roots located in attempts to deal with the ill effects or negative externalities of industrialisation and urbanisation processes that became acute in the nineteenth century (Chapter 16). The experience of such environmental conditions highlighted the need for clean environments and places that were liveable and more pleasant. This harked back to the pastoralism that many had experienced, or held as an ideal for their own lived environment (see Bunce, 1994; Urry, 1995).

The idea of amenity in planning stems from the early idea that characteristics of place were ...

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