A Critical Evaluation of New Localism and Neighbourhood Planning of the UK from a Social and Spatial Equity Perspective: Neighbourhood Planning of Highgate as a Case Study

Junyou Liu, Shimin Pan


The devolution of governance to communities is an integral aspect of the state strategy of localism. This paper critically evaluates New Localism and neighbourhood planning from a social and spatial equity aspect, mainly on whether or not this agenda can contribute to fairness especially equal participation, whether people can equally benefit from this agenda and whether the needed spatial housings and amenities are provided. The neighbourhood planning of Highgate will be regarded as a case study.


Localism; Spatial equity;Social equity

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