Urban land use planning in Ghana : a policy input discussion

Gyau, KAB, Hammond, F, Booth, CA and Lamond, J 2011, Urban land use planning in Ghana : a policy input discussion , in: West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) Conference, 19-21 July 2011, British Council, Accra, Ghana.

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Abstract

While the weakness of extant urban land use planning system in Ghana is not in doubt it is uncertain whether current planning reforms could address the fundamental issues that underpin the ailing planning system. This work as part of an ongoing study on evaluation of the economic justification of sub-Saharan Africa urban land use planning systems interrogates the planning regime in Ghana and the outlined reform package through a critique of the relevant literature. The primary aim is to provide input into current efforts in the country to devise effective and efficient urban land use planning model. The work establishes that while some of the causes of the problem such as high cost of compliance with planning regulations and inadequate knowledge of relevance of planning and its regulations appear obvious, their magnitude and conceptual explanations of the problem remain unresolved. To achieve a befitting planning model, conceptual understanding of the problem and knowledge of the magnitude of the causes such as planning regulation compliance cost are imperative. The work, therefore, outlines a conceptual explanation to the problem based on insights of the human action theory and identifies that the planning regime appears to lack incentives. Consequently, it is concluded that a quantitative cost and benefits of the extant planning regime is vital to the success of the planning reforms.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the WABER 2011 conference
Publisher: West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER)
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Depositing User: KAB Gyau
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2019 11:27
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 11:27
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/50670

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