Reflective Essay on Rural Planning Practice


Assignment 2: Reflective Essay on Rural Planning Practice


The assignment is designed to give an opportunity for you to engage in reflective learning about rural planning practice, situated within the broader academic and policy rural planning context, by writing a 2,500 word essay.


You should select one of the themes that we have covered in the module:


  • Rural Economies;
  • Rural Communities; or
  • Rural Environment and Landscapes




In this part of the assignment you should reflect upon planning policy and practice, related to your theme. You should include:


  • An introduction identifying the rural planning theme you have selected, why you have chosen it and an overview of the structure of your essay;
  • A literature review setting out the key issues of concern for rural planning and rural planning policy responses that have been developed in relation to these;

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  • An assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current activities addressing these issues (illustrated by examples from rural planning policy and practice);
  • Recommendations for new areas of activity to address the future challenges and expectations of rural areas.


You should combine academic and governmental perspectives with practice examples, drawing on literature. It is important that the essay integrates both practice examples and other perspectives.


We will be using “stepped marking” for this module, which means that the marks given will be from a limited range – e.g. 62, 65 and 68 for the 60-70% mark bracket.


The School policy on late submissions is as follows: 5% of the total marks available for the assessment shall be deducted from the assessment mark for each 24hr period after the submission date, up to a maximum of five days (e.g. for work marked out of 100, five marks per day will be deducted). However, the mark will not be reduced below the pass mark for the assessment. Work assessed below the pass mark will not be penalised for late submission of up to five days. Work received more than five working days after the submission deadline will receive a mark of zero.


The essay accounts for 55% of the module mark. The deadline for submission is Thursday 13th May 2020 at 14.00, online via Canvas.




Suggestions for initial references




  • Gallent, N., Hamiduddin, I., Juntti, M., Kidd, S., and Shaw, D. (2015) Introduction to Rural Planning, 2nd Edition, Routledge, Abingdon.
  • Scott, M., Gallent, N., and Gkartzios, M. (eds.) (2019) Routledge Companion to Rural Planning. Routledge, Abingdon.


Rural Economies



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Rural Communities


  • Elliott, G. (2018) ‘Widening higher education participation in rural communities in England: An anchor institution model’, International Review of Education: Journal of Lifelong Learning, 64 (1), 65-84. doi: 10.1007/s11159-017-9696-4
  • Neal, S. (2009) Rural Identities: Ethnicity and Community in the Contemporary English Countryside. Farnham, England: Routledge. (e-book available through Discover on the library website)
  • Also see additional reading re rural housing.


Rural Environment and Landscapes


  • Mell, I. (2019) Integrating green infrastructure within landscape perspectives to planning, in M. Scott, N. Gallent & M. Gkartzios (eds), The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning, (Abingdon, Routledge), pp. 484-494.
  • Lennon, M. (2019) Rewilding as rural land management: Opportunities and constraints, in M. Scott, N. Gallent & M. Gkartzios (eds), The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning, (Abingdon, Routledge), pp. 508-516.
  • Article in the Guardian newspaper on changes to farming practices:
  • Report co-authored by the National Association of AONBs: