Dutch planning is widely known and admired for its ambitions and its achievements. This book provides, for the first time, a comprehensive description and analysis in English of its full range of policies and practices. It gives an up-to-date account of the principles - written and unwritten - behind the planning, and in addition shows how the practice sometimes ignores those principles in order to achieve better results. It describes the content of the policies, the measures taken to realise them, and the successes and failures. The book is not uncritical of Dutch land-use planning, but the author values its strengths and believes that planning in other countries could learn from them. These strengths arise in the continuing tension between the high ambitions of the Dutch planning, and the ingenuity and pragmatism exercised in order to realise those ambitions.

chapter 1|30 pages

Setting the Scene

The Underlying Land and the Underlying Attitudes

chapter 2|58 pages

How the Dutch Want Their Land to be Used

The Content of Dutch Spatial Planning Policy

chapter 3|32 pages

The Planning Agencies, their Land-use Plans, and How They Use Them

The Formal System for Land-use Planning

chapter 4|22 pages

The Statutory Powers for Realising those Land-use Plans

And How They are Used

chapter 5|26 pages

Realising the Land-use Ambitions in Practice

Pro-active Planning: Making Things Happen

chapter 6|30 pages

Pro-Active Planning in Practice

Examples of the Types of Projects being Realised in this Way

chapter 7|10 pages

Obligations on Planning Agencies

And How Those Agencies Take Account of Them

chapter 8|14 pages

An Assessment of Dutch Spatial Planning

How Good is Dutch Planning?