Report for Planners on the Urban Politics of Deptford Regeneration

Abstract

This report was developed to help the understanding of the power structure and discourse politics emergent from the Lewisham and Greenwich joint Local Development Framework (LDF) for the regeneration of Deptford district in London. As an urban politics case, the study of the power structure will highlight the relation between practices and policies in spatial planning and its outcomes. I will explain the planning process hierarchy constituted by the planning framework from which the key visions and strategies for the regeneration of Deptford are devised. Focusing on a key discourse politics this study will analyse how the state, the market and the civil society influence the decision-making, consensus-making and agenda-setting of Deptford regeneration. I will argue the existence of a „subtle form of socialization‟ (Kearns and Philo 1993, 3) of regeneration initiatives, that create an agile source of economic gain, and a means for social and political consensus by cultural manipulation and the disguise of public participation, within an unjust process, to the detriment of the most socio-economic disadvantaged groups of civil society.

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consensus-making, urban politics, power structures

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Lobo, D., (2011) “Report for Planners on the Urban Politics of Deptford Regeneration”, Opticon1826 11.

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Daniel Lobo (UCL)

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