An investigation into decision-making and delivery activities following design-led events in collaborative planning

Husam Al Waer, Susan Rintoul, Ian Cooper

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with what should happen after design-led events have been held to promote co-decision-making, between professionals and local stakeholders, in collaborative planning of the built environment. Rather than being standalone, such events form one single step in a multi-stage collaborative planning process. What comes before and after them has to be acknowledged as important to their effective contribution to collaborative planning. This paper is used to make a case for giving more attention to the post-event stages of collaborative planning, in order to ensure that the involvement of the public produces real and tangible benefits. Content analysis of both academic and grey literatures was undertaken to examine emerging advice on how to conduct decision-making, the implementation of outputs, and the delivery of desired outcomes, after design-led events. A critical review of the post-event decision-making and delivery activities is offered which aims to add to the current academic literature on the deployment of design-led events. An attempt is made to sketch out the characteristics of post-event stages, drawn from the literature and collated specific examples of collaborative planning investigated in Scotland. Three key factors are identified as affecting successful implementation of decisions reached at design-led events: a) a shared follow-on plan, b) an agreed action programme for delivering this, and c) a properly constituted and resourced delivery vehicle that can monitor and evaluate progress. A research agenda to address questions raised but left unanswered is suggested dealing with how the decision-making and delivery activities following design-led events in collaborative planning might be improved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArchNet-IJAR
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Collaborative planning
  • Decision-making and delivery
  • Key stages
  • Post design-led planning
  • Resourcing and funding

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