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Planning and Development

Unit(s) of assessment: Business and Management Studies

School: Nottingham Business School


The group are currently developing a new exploratory research project in collaboration with the Economic Strategy Research Bureau (ESRB) centred around an investigation of the Planning and Development System in the UK and the regeneration of our towns and cities. Focused around the Regional Studies Association memberships in both groups this would utilise the economic analysis skills and experience of the ESRB and the professional planning skills and experience of the public management and governance group.

The programme consists of two workstreams:

  • Analysis of recent changes to the planning and development system and their impact on the economic, efficiency and effectiveness of the planning system in the UK.
  • The development and regeneration of the spatial environment at national, regional and local levels.


  • Joyce Liddle (Chair Joint Universities Council Public Administration Committee)
  • Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Planning Officers Society
  • Town and Country Planning Association
  • Regional Studies Association

Working with us

The project maintains close working relationships and associate members from both academia and practitioners with the planning system both in the UK and abroad.

The project has a number of distinguished associate academics and practitioners who are active and supportive. The project team are keen to include colleagues (distinguished and new) who are interested in scholarly activity, policy and practitioner dialogue either, to enhance their teaching and learning or to promote and strengthen relations with practice as well as to participate in theoretical and applied research.


Journal articles
Liddle, J. and Murphy, P., 2012. Public administration in an era of austerity. Public Money and Management, 32 (2), pp. 83-86.

Murphy, P., 1997. Third party rights of appeal. Housing and Planning Review, 50 (1), pp. 18-20.

Murphy, P., 1994. One step forward? The East Midlands regional planning guidance. Town & Country Planning, 63 (10), pp. 263-264.


Planning Officers Society, 2000. A guide to best value and planning. Aylesbury: Planning Officers Society.

Planning Officers Society, 1997. Better local plans: a guide to writing effective policies. Aylesbury: Planning Officers Society.

Professional or trade journals

Murphy, P., 2000. First Options Review: Inspectorate review an opportunity for radical agenda. Planning Newspaper.


Her Majesty's Treasury – Office of Government Commerce, 2005. HM Revenues and Customs/Valuation Office Agency / Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: council tax revaluation of domestic properties in England. London: HMRC / ODPM.

Planning Officers Society, 2005. Towards an excellent service: town and country planning services. Aylesbury: Planning Officers Society.

Her Majesty's Treasury – Office of Government Commerce, 2004. The revaluation of domestic properties in England for HM Revenues and Customs / Valuation Office Agency / Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. London: HMRC / ODPM.