Externally funded project

Spatial planning and locational decision-making for public housing interventions in South Africa


Abstract



Spatial
planning and locational decision-making for public housing interventions in
South Africa



September
2017 to August 2020



German
Research Foundation



Prof. Dr. Uwe Altrock, Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Kienast



For many
years, South Africa’s municipalities had to deal with legal uncertainty
regarding their planning powers and with the superimposition of planning laws
that promoted different rules and institutions. Many cities and municipalities
are faced with a huge demand for low-income housing from the inhabitants of
informal settlements. At the same time, higher levels of government demand the
implementation of housing programmes that do not always correspond to local
priorities.



Against this
backdrop, the study seeks to increase knowledge about the actors involved in
land use and housing governance within and outside the government, and about
the (formal and informal) rules and institutions to which the actors refer in
this process. The study will examine the extent to which housing policy
location decisions are guided by legally required planning instruments such as
spatial development frameworks and the ‘housing chapters’ of integrated
development planning. Analytical governance concepts will be applied to explain
structural and cultural factors influencing concrete planning practices. Case
studies from different provinces, which refer both to the upgrading of informal
settlements and to new housing projects, should contribute to comparative
research of spatial planning systems. By combining governance and performance
analyses of planning practices, the study also aims to contribute to the
international debate on appropriate approaches to spatial planning in emerging
countries, which are characterised by very large economic disparities and
cultural differences.



Project
duration: September 2017 to August 2020



Funding:
German Research Foundation



Research
team: Prof. Dr. Uwe Altrock, Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Kienast


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