Planning at the Landscape Scale
By Paul Selman
Routledge – 2006 – 224 pages
Series: RTPI Library Series
Traditionally, landscape planning has involved the designation and protection of exceptional countryside. However, whilst this still remains important, there is a growing recognition of the multi-functionality of rural areas, and the need to encourage sustainable use of the whole countryside rather than just its ‘hotspots’.
With an inter-disciplinary assessment of the rural environment, this book draws on theories of landscape values, people-place relationships, sustainable development, and plan implementation. It focuses on the competing influences of globalization and localization, seeing the role of planning as the reconciliation of these conflicting demands, reinforcing character and distinctiveness without museum-izing rural areas.
Taking a ‘landscape scale’ approach to the topic, this book responds to the interest sparked by concern for rural landscapes and by recent local and national policy shifts in this area.
1. Introduction: The Challenge of Planning at the Landscape Scale 2. Why the Landscape Scale? 3. People and Landscapes 4. Comprehending the Landscape Scale 5. Principles for Landscape-Scale Planning 6. Instruments for Landscape-Scale Planning 7. Practices of Landscape-Scale Planning 8. The Virtuous Circle References
Paul Selman is Professor of Landscape at Sheffield University.