This lively and accessible introduction to planning covers the theory, history and policy debates that make up the subject. Ideally suited to those new to the topic, and with coverage of planning under the coalition government, it provides an up-to-date and broad-ranging overview of the field. It brings out the social and political dimensions of planning, showing how priorities have changed with successive governments and in response to wider global trends. With helpful illustrative material throughout, and drawing on aspects of sociology, social geography and urban design, this comprehensive introduction to UK planning is essential reading for planning and non-planning students alike. A companion website provides a range of additional resources, including: further reading, tasks, photographs and E-Supplements on planning systems, government publications, and transport and property development, amongst other items of interest.