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The temporal governance of planning in England: planning reform, Uchronia and ‘Proper Time'

Dobson, M. ORCID: and Parker, G. ORCID: (2024) The temporal governance of planning in England: planning reform, Uchronia and ‘Proper Time'. Planning Theory. ISSN 1741-3052

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Attention to the multiple temporalities of planning has gained recent further traction in the planning literature, and time is clearly implicated in how power and resources are combined in the governance of the built and natural environment. Time, and specifically the management of clock time, shapes planning practice. Moreover successive reform agendas in England have drawn heavily on temporal framings of ‘speed’, ‘efficiency’ and ‘delay’ as part of a neoliberal ‘timescaping’ deployed to promote growth. We discuss time theory in application to planning to contrast the opposing uchronic or perfect timescapes, balanced between neoliberal ideology and normative principles underpinning proper time for planning.

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Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
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