Kat Salter

PHD Student

Kat Salter

Kat Salter

Academic Area(s): Real Estate & Planning
Supervisor(s): Professor Gavin Parker, Dr Emma Street
Research Topic(s): Assembling localism: the role and response(s) of local planning authorities to neighbourhood planning in England.

Areas of academic interest

Participation in planning, local government, central government, politics and policy design and implementation.


Kat is a Chartered Town Planner and has extensive knowledge and practical experiences of national, local and neighbourhood planning processes in England and Wales.

Kat has returned to academia following 8 years as a practicing planner which has shaped her research focus and interests on the implementation of planning policy.

Her research explores how the localism agenda is being interpreted and implemented by local planning authorities (LPAs) in England by exploring their response to neighbourhood planning. It comprises a mixed-method and staged approach drawing on neo-institutionalism and assemblage as theoretical devices. The research explores the scope provided within neoliberalistic policy for LPAs to adapt, internalise and translate the requirements placed on them by central government and how policy from central to local government is trajected and steered by local contexts and structures.

Kat has published widely on neighbourhood planning in both academic and policy orientated forms.


  • MSc Planning Practice and Research, Cardiff University (2009)
  • MSc Environment and Development, University of East Anglia – Distinction (2006)
  • BSc Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia – 2:1 (2005)
  • Chartered Member of the RTPI (MRTPI) – since 2011
  • ILM Level 2 Award in Team Leadership

Research grants

Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) PhD Studentship

Scholarship from Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) to attend 2017 AESOP Congress and associated PhD Workshop in Portugal (2017)


Parker, G., Salter, K., and Wargent, M. (2019) Neighbourhood Planning in Practice. Lund Humphries, publication date January 2019.

Salter, K. (2018) ‘Caught in the middle? The response of local planning authorities to Neighbourhood Planning in England.’ Town and Country Planning, Vol 87 (9), 344-349.

Parker, G., and Salter, K (2017) Taking Stock of Neighbourhood Planning in England 2011-2016. Planning Practice and Research 32 (4), 478-490

Parker, G., Salter, K., & Hickman, H (2017) Examining Neighbourhood Plans in England: the experience so far. Working papers in Real Estate and Planning 02/17.

Parker, G., Salter, K., and Hickman, H. (2016) ‘Caution: Examinations in progress: the operation of Neighbourhood Plan Examinations in England.’ Town and Country Planning, Vol 86 (12), 516-523

Parker, G., and Salter, K. (2016) ‘Five years of neighbourhood planning. A review of take-up and distribution.’ Town and Country Planning, Vol. 85 (5): 175 – 184.

Academic commentaries:

Salter, K. and Parker, G. (2018). Friend or foe? Understanding the stakeholders involved in neighbourhood planning. Upfront e-bulletin, March/April 2018

Parker, G., and Salter, K. (2018). Neighbourhood Planning 2018: the year ahead (maybe?). Upfront e-bulletin, Jan/Feb 2018.

Salter, K. (2017). Time for a change? Modifying a neighbourhood plan. Opinion piece. The Planner, June 2017. https://www.theplanner.co.uk/opinion/time-for-change-modifying-a-neighbourhood-plan

Salter, K. (2017) Neighbourhood plan examinations: why they need to be tough. RTPI Blogpost. May 2017. https://www.rtpi.org.uk/briefing-room/rtpi-blog/neighbourhood-plan-examinations-why-they-need-to-be-tough/

Parker, G., Salter, K., & Hickman, H. (2017) Briefing Note: Neighbourhood Planning Examinations. Available online at http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/NP-Examination-briefing-note-UoR-18-April-2017.pdf