Evidence and Ethics in Infrastructure Planning

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Motivated by criticism of the new infrastructure planning process, the paper considers the role of the Infrastructure Planning Commission and National Policy Statements. Drawing upon lessons learnt from other jurisdictions where similar legislation, structures and procedures have been operational for some time, emerging issues regarding policy, practice and the role of participants are considered through an empirical investigation, in the context of professional ethics, legitimacy and evidence-based decision making. Remedies are suggested to potential operational problems and issues of structural concern are identified which have ramifications for wider planning practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-49
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2012


  • Consultation Process; Ethics: Governance; Legislation; Planning Policy.


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