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Persson, Christer
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Persson, C. (2019). Perform or conform?: Looking for the strategic in municipal spatial planning in Sweden. European Planning Studies
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2019 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In recent decades, various strategic approaches to spatial planning have been introduced and implemented in Sweden, although the planning system itself has not fundamentally changed. However, strategic spatial planning is not a fixed and regulated institutional practice in either planning in general or in the Swedish planning system. To investigate strategic planning practice in Sweden, 16 recently approved comprehensive plans were studied to elucidate how strategic planning is understood and conceptualized by planners and then expressed in a statutory planning instrument. Although there is no ‘right theory’ of strategic planning, to avoid an ‘anything-goes’ attitude towards strategic planning, the contents of the studied plans were set against an ideal, normative model compiled from the academic debate, thus researching practice in dialogue with theory. The results indicate that comprehensive plans, rather than being contextually embedded, follow generic models of environmental scanning and strategy making, and most visions reiterate common political goals and slogans found everywhere. The plans often become catalogues of detailed instructions that, although not legally binding, tend to steer practice into predefined paths framed by generic doctrines within the planning community, rather than being the flexible and open-minded planning instruments that academic ideals prescribe. © 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
comprehensive planning, generic planning, performative planning, planning as control, Strategic planning
National Category
Civil Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:bth-18012 (URN)10.1080/09654313.2019.1614150 (DOI)2-s2.0-85065765955 (Scopus ID)
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Available from: 2019-06-13 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved
Persson, C. (2013). Deliberation or doctrine? Land use and spatial planning for sustainable development in sweden. Land use policy, 34, 301-313
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2013 (English)In: Land use policy, ISSN 0264-8377, E-ISSN 1873-5754, Vol. 34, p. 301-313Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Spatial planning has been earmarked as an important tool for achieving sustainable development. In Sweden the important task of planning for sustainable spatial development and land use falls largely to the local authorities, since there is no official institute for spatial planning at a national or regional level. This article investigates local planning for sustainable development by analysing recent municipal comprehensive plans, which it is argued are a major instrument for this purpose. Although comprehensive plans are statutory, their design and content is very much at local discretion, and for the most part, not a rigid process governed from above. For this reason, a template analysis was used, where the template was built from the contents of the comprehensive plans, and not from a predefined understanding of what sustainability is or how planning for sustainable development should be done. What the findings reveal, however, is that there is not much deliberation concerning the meaning(s) of sustainable development, and, further, that the planning principles considered necessary to bring about sustainable development were not exclusively regarded as sustainable as such, but rather as part of a general 'belief system' about prudent planning-sustainable or not. It is suggested that, rather than rethinking planning, planners have internalized the concept of sustainable planning into the existing 'belief system,' and thus, the planning principles have become 'sustainable' by default.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2013
Keywords
Comprehensive planning, Fuzzy concepts, Land use planning, Planning doctrine, Sustainable development, Template analysis
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Civil Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:bth-6816 (URN)10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.04.007 (DOI)000320971800031 ()oai:bth.se:forskinfoBEC63473A8139CECC1257B94003BE57F (Local ID)oai:bth.se:forskinfoBEC63473A8139CECC1257B94003BE57F (Archive number)oai:bth.se:forskinfoBEC63473A8139CECC1257B94003BE57F (OAI)
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-06-24 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
Busck, A., Hidding, M., Kristensen, S., Persson, C. & Praestholm, S. (2009). Planning approaches for rurban areas: Case studies from Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. Geografisk Tidskrift - Danish Journal of Geography, 109(1), 15-32
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2009 (English)In: Geografisk Tidskrift - Danish Journal of Geography, ISSN 0016-7223 , Vol. 109, no 1, p. 15-32Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Urban growth and sprawl have long put pressure on rural areas, leading to a growing zone of 'rurban areas' where a multitude of functions, urban or rural, compete for land The development is acknowlecked in European spatial planning documents, which also recomment common solutions. E.g. the spatial policy discussed and recommended in the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) emphasises the compact city concept, rural-urban linkages and conservation of nature and cultural heritage. This paper compares planning practice for rurban areas in three cases: Roskilde municipality (Denmark), Staffanstorp municipality (Sweden) and Werv-area (the Netherlands). All three areas belong to the rurban zone and are selected to exemplify pro-active planing. The analysis focuses on how the concept of compact city is Perceived and implemented, how rurban areas are managed in order to avoid further urban encroachment, and how resilient green landscapes are ensured. The results reveal significant differences in approaches, reflecting variations in the public involvement in rurban areas development, the role of different administrative levels and the use of zonation. Variation in the use of zonation encapsulates important differences between the cases: pre-zonation based on local discretion (Sweden), zonation based on national legislation and principles with little room of manoeuvre for the municipality (Denmark) and post-zonation with deliberate introduction of urban elements in rural areas and negotiations between stakeholders (the Netherlands).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROYAL DANISH GEOGRAPHICAL SOC, 2009
Keywords
Urban sprawl, rurban planning, EU physical planning principles, planning practice
National Category
Civil Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:bth-7911 (URN)000267650200003 ()oai:bth.se:forskinfo4656260C6211051EC12576AC003A2011 (Local ID)oai:bth.se:forskinfo4656260C6211051EC12576AC003A2011 (Archive number)oai:bth.se:forskinfo4656260C6211051EC12576AC003A2011 (OAI)
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2010-01-15 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved
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