New Book on Spatial Planning

This book documents and analyses spatial planning in Ghana, providing a comprehensive and critical discussion of the evolving institutional and legal arrangements that have shaped and defined Ghana’s spatial planning system for more than seven decades…

Overview of the book

bookPlanning systems are deeply rooted in the socio-cultural, legal, political and economic situations of the countries that use them to achieve specific development goals.

This book documents and analyses spatial planning in Ghana. It provides a comprehensive and critical discussion of the evolving institutional and legal arrangements that have shaped and defined Ghana’s spatial planning system for more than seven decades; the contemporary policy instruments and mechanisms for articulating and implementing policies and proposals at multiple scales; and the formally established procedures for development management.

The book also covers important themes in contemporary spatial planning discourse including: the evolving meaning, scope and purpose of spatial planning globally; the scales of spatial planning (i.e. national, regional, sub-regional and local); multi-level integration within spatial planning; public participation; the interface between urbanization, sustainable growth management and spatial planning; spatial planning and housing development; integrated spatial development and transportation planning; and spatial planning and the urban informal economy.

The book is written for undergraduate and graduate students, and academic researchers and practitioners/policy-makers in the multidisciplinary field of spatial planning. Audience who seek an international perspective in spatial planning systems and practices are primary target of the book.

Outline of the book

The current volume has 13 chapters, which have been organized in three parts. An outline of the book is presented below:

Part I: Setting the scene

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The concept of spatial planning and the planning system
Chapter 3: Historical origins and evolution of spatial planning and the planning system in Ghana

Part II: Modern-day planning systems and scales of spatial Planning

Chapter 4: Contemporary traditions of planning and spatial planning at the national level
Chapter 5: The inception of regional spatial planning
Chapter 6: Local level spatial planning and development management

Part III: Issues in spatial planning

Chapter 7: Policy integration in spatial planning: mechanisms, practices and challenges
Chapter 8: Public engagement in spatial planning: statutory requirements, practices and challenges
Chapter 9: Urbanization and settlement growth management
Chapter 10: The spatial planning system and housing development: prospects and models
Chapter 11: Integrated spatial development and transportation planning
Chapter 12: Spatial planning and the urban informal economy

Epilogue

Chapter 13:  perspectives on pathways towards a responsive spatial planning system

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