The cultural landscape is being given shape in spatial planning processes. In these processes different definitions and meanings of the landscape play a central role.
In this research, by making use of a narrative analysis of the stories of those involved in two planning processes at the Wageningse Eng and the Millingerwaard, is examined if and how spatial plans reflect the many vested interests, desires and opinions of those involved.
Emotional and intimate meanings
This research shows how residents and users of the landscape attach mostly emotional and intimate meanings to ‘their’ landscape, however they experience that these are not listened to enough in spatial planning. The tendency to deny how the landscape is lived and practiced on a daily basis by those strongly attached to these is related to the notion that expert characterisations of the landscape are taken-for-granted as natural and real. This research makes a plea to pay more attention to ‘lived’ meanings of the landscape in spatial planning.