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Timber beds, protests & publics: conflicting meanings of the public interest on Devonshire Street, Sheffield

Maidment, C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9158-6910 (2021) Timber beds, protests & publics: conflicting meanings of the public interest on Devonshire Street, Sheffield. Town Planning Review, 92 (4). pp. 587-614. ISSN 1478-341X (In Press)

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3828/tpr.2021.25

Abstract/Summary

This paper discusses a case small in scale, but one which raises questions around how different conceptions of what is in the public interest are reconciled in the English regulatory planning system. The case in question is the proposed redevelopment of three 1850s shops in Sheffield’s Devonshire Quarter, traditionally home to independent retailers. The paper illustrates how a small scale planning application can generate national attention, through a range of misunderstandings, conflicting interests and a narrow definition of what constitutes knowledge in English planning. Particular attention is paid to how a different approach to decision-making might have facilitated a compromise solution, through thinking about what is in the public interest at different scales. The core argument is around the need to address how public participation in planning processes can be based on more equitable use of knowledge. This leads to conclusions around how the system can better reconcile multiple interests.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:98510
Publisher:Liverpool University Press

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