KA7021 - Urban Planning and Development

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the planning and development process in an urban context focusing on the management of pre-construction decision-making and the evaluation of projects including planning, viability assessment and financial appraisal. The module aims to help you understand the complex social, economic and physical environment and market conditions within which real estate development take place, develop your knowledge of the management of the development process, acquisition of development sites and sources of finance for development and allow you to recognise the crucial role of the surveyor in the real estate development process.
You will be introduced to industry standard development appraisal software (Argus Developer), which you will use to produce a realistic appraisal of a mixed-use, brownfield development opportunity of your choosing.
Indicative syllabus
• Planning and development process – theory and practice
• Urban development, master-planning, place shaping, development control and management
• Contemporary UK Planning policy: National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Guidance
• Negotiating planning and viability: planning conditions, obligations and levies
• Development appraisal and viability modelling
• Site evaluation, acquisition and disposal
• Urban regeneration, renewal, heritage and conservation
• Real estate development finance and funding
• Construction procurement, project management and risk

How will I learn on this module?

You will be taught using a series of lectures and seminars that will progressively develop the topic from theoretical principles to practical examples. Lectures will be used to communicate key concepts and theories; seminar activities, including role play, will be used to apply and analyse material including development case studies to demonstrate application of planning policies and appraisal techniques; group discussions/debates/ mock planning appeals which will give you the opportunity to engage with some of the complex nuances of the subject; site visits and guest lectures will be organised in conjunction with property development practitioners and organisations; the assessment will help you develop your project evaluation and financial appraisal skills; you will have access to a wide range of learning resources and guidance for both directed and independent learning, facilitated by use of the electronic Learning Platform (eLP).

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module team will provide support for students including answering student queries and providing guidance in relation to the module, including its assessment and the student’s academic progress. You can seek support in taught sessions and can also request it outside of class time via appointment.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1. Appraise the complexity of urban problems and the importance of planning knowledge to the surveying profession
MLO2. Analyse the real estate development process including the evaluation of potential development sites and the assessment of the viability of projects.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO3. Evaluate alternative forms of development finance and methods of acquiring and disposing of development sites.
MLO4. Critically analyse the methods of challenging a planning decision and planning enforcement procedures

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO5. Demonstrate the professional nature of real estate ethics in dealing with development and planning issues.

How will I be assessed?

a Summative assessment and rationale for tasks

The summative assessment will take the form of a portfolio of tasks relating to evaluation of the potential for commercial development in a city/metropolitan area and the evaluation/feasibility study of a mixed-use development site both of the student’s choosing culminating in a full development appraisal. This will assess all MLOs.

b. Additional formative assessment – detail of process and rationale
There will be three formative development exercises in each semester comprising city selection, overview of planning regime, identification of commercial property market data (complete list)
Qualitative feedback will be provided by subject specialist staff on each of the formative tasks undertaken to inform summative assessments.

c. Indication of how students will get feedback and how this will support their learning

Breaking down the city and site evaluations and development appraisal into smaller tasks creates the opportunity for you to receive formal feedback at regular intervals during the module and help you evaluate your work and identify areas for improvement.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Real Estate Planning and Development takes place within complex social, economic and physical environments and spatially contingent market conditions. You will learn about the planning and development process in an urban context focusing on the management of pre-construction decision making and the evaluation of project feasibility including planning, viability assessment and financial appraisal; ultimately you will appreciate the crucial role that surveyors play in the real estate development in the U.K. and around the globe. The module will be taught using lectures, seminars, I.T. lab sessions and site visits. Lectures will introduce the students to the theoretical knowledge. Seminars and lab sessions will develop this knowledge by way of case studies and practical exercises. The module is assessed by a portfolio of tasks relating to a city and brownfield mixed-use development site of your choosing, culminating in a full financial development appraisal using industry standard software.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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