Strategic Land Use Planning: An Evaluation of Procedural Methodology

  • Ian Masser
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 12)


This paper reviews experience with rational system based methods in the field of strategic planning during the last twenty years. It draws heavily upon British experience because circumstances in Britain have highlighted some of the issues involved in a particularly dramatic way. This is because of the marked shift which has taken place in Britain since the late sixties from planning styles which emphasized the technical analysis of substantive issues to those which place greater stress on procedural questions in an increasingly political environment. These changes have had important implications for procedural methodology in that the traditional blue-print/master plan approach to planning has been largely replaced by procedures designed to increase the effectiveness of planning and decision-making processes in a changing environment. These reflect the many-sidedness of planning activities and the uncertain circumstances in which decision-making takes place.


School Closure Procedural Method Procedural Methodology Decision Area Transportation Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Masser
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  1. 1.Department of Town and Regional PlanningUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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