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‘If independence goes, the planning system goes’: New Political Governance and the English Planning Inspectorate (2020)
Journal Article
Hickman, H., & Boddy, M. (2020). ‘If independence goes, the planning system goes’: New Political Governance and the English Planning Inspectorate. Town Planning Review, 91(1), 21-45

Radical restructuring of 'arms-length' government bodies following the 2010 UK national election signalled a change in relations between government and the civil service. This was seen as a major shift in modes of governance from 'new public manageme... Read More about ‘If independence goes, the planning system goes’: New Political Governance and the English Planning Inspectorate.

‘The object is to change the heart and soul’: Financial incentives, planning and opposition to new housebuilding in England (2020)
Journal Article
Inch, A., While, A., Dunning, R., Hickman, H., & Payne, S. (in press). ‘The object is to change the heart and soul’: Financial incentives, planning and opposition to new housebuilding in England. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, https://doi.org/10.1177/2399654420902149

© The Author(s) 2020. In 2014 the UK government announced plans to reduce opposition to housing development by making a direct payment to households in England. 1 This was part of a wider experiment with behavioural economics and financial inducement... Read More about ‘The object is to change the heart and soul’: Financial incentives, planning and opposition to new housebuilding in England.

Planners of the future, planning for the future? (2019)
Journal Article
Hickman, H., McClymont, K., & Sheppard, A. (2019). Planners of the future, planning for the future?

This article considers the potential mismatch between the aspirations of planners in education and the realities of practice.

Governance and territory: Comparative responses to growth in Cambridge and Oxford (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Hickman, H., & Valler, D. (2018, July). Governance and territory: Comparative responses to growth in Cambridge and Oxford. Paper presented at AESOP Congress 2018

Conference paper on divergent policy styles and the management of major economic and housing growth in both Cambridge and Oxford sub-regions.

“Between a rock and a hard place”: Planning reform, localism and the role of the planning inspectorate in England (2018)
Journal Article
Boddy, M., & Hickman, H. (2018). “Between a rock and a hard place”: Planning reform, localism and the role of the planning inspectorate in England. Planning Theory and Practice, 19(2), 198-217. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2018.1456083

Like many European countries, England saw the establishment in the late 1990s and early twenty-first century of regional-scale spatial planning. Radical reform of English planning following the Localism Act 2011 however saw the whole intermediate tie... Read More about “Between a rock and a hard place”: Planning reform, localism and the role of the planning inspectorate in England.

The truth about 'soft densification' (2017)
Journal Article
Henneberry, J., Hickman, H., & Dunning, R. (2017). The truth about 'soft densification'

A blog piece for the RTPI on research about the impact of soft-densification on urban areas.

Combined authorities: Signs of success (2017)
Report
Hickman, H., & While, A. (2017). Combined authorities: Signs of success

A research report into the early successes and challenges of the newly formed Combined Authorities.

The new politics of soft-densification (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Hickman, H., Dunning, R., & while, A. (2017, September). The new politics of soft-densification. Paper presented at UK/Ireland Planning Research Conference

Conference paper presenting research undertaken for PUCA (an agency of the French Government) exploring the incidence of and impact of soft-densification (small scale development) in England between 2001-2011. It includes two case studies of Ealing (... Read More about The new politics of soft-densification.

Examiners examined: Deliberative practice and the neighbourhood planning examiner (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Hickman, H., Parker, G., & Salter, K. (2017, September). Examiners examined: Deliberative practice and the neighbourhood planning examiner. Paper presented at UK/Ireland Planning Research Conference

Conference paper exploring the role of the neighbourhood planning examiner and the challenges and contradictions for examiners operating in a deliberative practice space but with constrained statutory role.

Effective national infrastructure: Balancing detail and flexibility – through planning to delivery (2017)
Report
Hickman, H., & Mitchell, K. (2017). Effective national infrastructure: Balancing detail and flexibility – through planning to delivery

A report produced for the National Infrastructure Planning Association on optimising the balance between the level of detail required in the process for consenting national infrastructure projects, with the need for flexibility at the project deliver... Read More about Effective national infrastructure: Balancing detail and flexibility – through planning to delivery.

Caution: examinations in progress - the operation of neighbourhood plan examinations in England (2016)
Journal Article
Parker, G., Salter, K., & Hickman, H. (2016). Caution: examinations in progress - the operation of neighbourhood plan examinations in England. Town and Country Planning -London- Town and Country Planning Association-, 516-522

Gavin Parker, Kat Salter and Hannah Hickman look at what experience to date tells us about how the examination stage in the neighbourhood plan production process is being undertaken, and the issues and associated questions emerging from that experien... Read More about Caution: examinations in progress - the operation of neighbourhood plan examinations in England.

The 'Cambridge Phenomenon' and the challenge of planning reform (2016)
Journal Article
Boddy, M., & Hickman, H. (2016). The 'Cambridge Phenomenon' and the challenge of planning reform. Town Planning Review, 87(1), 31-52. https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2016.6

The 'Cambridge Phenomenon' has achieved global recognition as an exemplar of economic success. After decades of post-war planning restraint, a major shift in the strategic planning framework saw the city region enthusiastically backing future growth.... Read More about The 'Cambridge Phenomenon' and the challenge of planning reform.

The English experience of soft densification (les expériences anglaises en matière de densification douce). Phase II draft report (2016)
Report
Bibby, P., Dunning, R., Ferrari, E., Halleux, J., Henneberry, J., Hickman, H., …while, A. (2016). The English experience of soft densification (les expériences anglaises en matière de densification douce). Phase II draft report

This report is the second phase of research into the English Experience of Soft Densification and builds upon the quantitative data analysis undertaken in phase I. Adopting an intensive qualitative case study approach two local authorities, the Londo... Read More about The English experience of soft densification (les expériences anglaises en matière de densification douce). Phase II draft report.

'Between a rock and a hard place: what can England’s Planning Inspectorate tell us about democracy, power and the realities of localism under the Coalition Government and beyond?’ (2015)
Presentation / Conference
Hickman, H., & Boddy, M. (2015, September). 'Between a rock and a hard place: what can England’s Planning Inspectorate tell us about democracy, power and the realities of localism under the Coalition Government and beyond?’. Paper presented at Policy & Politics Conference on Democracy, Inequality & Power

Paper to the Policy and Politics Conference, September 2015

Housing – nationally significant infrastructure? (2015)
Other
Hickman, H., & While, A. (2015). Housing – nationally significant infrastructure?

Research report commissioned by law firm Bond Dickinson and Quod Planning to explore the potential role of the consenting regime for National Infrastructure Planning to deliver large scale housing schemes.

The impact of the new homes bonus on attitudes and behaviours (2014)
Report
Dunning, R., Inch, A., Payne, S., Watkins, C., While, A., Hickman, H., & Valler, D. (2014). The impact of the new homes bonus on attitudes and behaviours

An evaluation of the impact of the New Homes Bonus on attitudes towards new house building, carried out for the Department of Communities and Local Government.