To assess the effectiveness of planning as a delivery mechanism, this essay will break down its role in different sectors and at different scales. Planners are not always explicitly mentioned when targets are discussed, although responsibility does trickle through the system and often lands at their door. As the guardians about decisions over land use, planners have two rules to play: one as the enforcer of environmental standards, and another more strategic role looking to the future.
Although it is politicians and not planners who dictate the terms of the debate, I will consider the notion that planners have an influence. The environment is just one of the many factors that planners are supposed to take into account. As Davoudi et al (2009:pg16) note: planning can play “a pivotal role not just as a technical means by which climate change policies can be delivered but also as a democratic arena through which negotiations over seemingly conflicting goals can take place.”
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