This paper explores the scope to bridge top-down and bottom-up perspectives on spatial planning by drawing on EU-funded action research in relation to rural settlement planning in Northern Ireland. The empirical work is located within a review of planning theory that exposes a long running tension between the technocratic stances of government planners and the aspirations of engaged citizens. It demonstrates the operation of a large group planning methodology that delivers community preference with environmental responsibility as a participatory input into planning policy formulation. Transferable insights into the dynamics of spatial planning are identified.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
Murray, M., Greer, J., Houston, D., McKay, S., & Murtagh, B. (2009). Bridging top down and bottom up: Modelling community preferences for a dispersed rural settlement pattern. European Planning Studies, 17(3), 441-462. https://doi.org/10.1080/09654310802618101