Implementing energy policies in urban development projects

Governing climate mitigation is complex, as the recurring gap between policy intentions and actions exhibits. Interventions at the urban scale represent an opportunity to implement energy policy targets. Urban development projects can function as carrier to implement innovative energy solutions as ‘by-product’. To do so, planners must proactively and strategically deploy planning instruments to influence…

Planners as market actors: The role of local planning authorities in the UK’s urban regeneration practice

At a time of public sector retrenchment in urban regeneration it has become increasingly important to understand how planners can help create better places. Recent studies suggest that planners must behave as market actors by strategically deploying planning tools to influence market behaviour. In this context, this paper examines how local planning authorities use a…

Privatisation of Planning Powers and Urban Infrastructure in the Netherlands

Throughout history there has always been a clear distinction in the citymaking process between the role of the Administration as a planner and manager of public infrastructures and spaces and the role of private entities as property developers and builders. Following a general economic trend on privatization of public functions, in recent years we have seen private entities…

Private sector-led urban development projects: Comparative insights from planning practices in the Netherlands and the UK

Dutch planning practice in recent decades witnesses the emergence of private sector-led urban development projects. Such projects are ‘led’ by property developers and ‘facilitated’ by local planning authorities aimed to realize both planning and market objectives. However, remarkably little academic attention has been paid to how public and private actors decisively organize and manage these projects in practice. This…