Planning, energy and devolution in the UK

Geraint Ellis, Richard Cowell, Fionnguala Sherry-Brennan, Peter Strachan, David Toke

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This short paper explores a number of issues arising from a recent ESRC project that has explored the role of the UK Devolved Administrations in the policy and deployment of renewable energy. It suggests that recent changes in the political control of central and devolved governments has set in train a new dynamic to understanding the divergences of UK planning systems and that renewable energy offers a good lens through which to examine these developments. In examining devolved planning systems in the context of a post-political consensus, the paper questions whether we are now witnessing a new revanchist approach to securing national and regional resources, which may become more pronounced as we move towards a post-abundant world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-409
Number of pages13
JournalTown Planning Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • energy and planning in Northern Ireland
  • energy and planning in Scotland
  • energy and planning in Wales
  • Scotland
  • sustainable energy and distributive justice
  • UK energy and territoriality


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