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Runways for prosperity? The role of planning in defining the local economic effects of airports in Britain

Mason, Graeme Mark; (1993) Runways for prosperity? The role of planning in defining the local economic effects of airports in Britain. Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Planning can only play a minor part in defining the economic effects of an airport. This is primarily because government policy has prevented the planning system from responding adequately to the impacts or opportunities created by airport development. This study assesses what the economic effects of an airport development are, how they interrelate, and how they manifest themselves in different situations. In order to do this the study draws upon information collected from around the world by many different organisations. The study investigates the difficulties which have been caused by government policy, particularly in terms of the often competing interests of its airports and regional planning objectives. A comprehensive typology of British airports is provided, both in terms of the functions which they perform, and the planning response to them. This typology is intended as an indication of the potential effects of each airport. The assessment then draws further upon experiences at two of the country's major airports - Gatwick and Manchester, it investigates in detail the formulation of policies with respect to all of the economic aspects of each and seeks to identify the potential implications. The study concludes that serious problems exist in the state of airport planning in Britain, and that a basic lack of direction or national framework in government airport policy is primarily responsible for these difficulties. Alternative solutions to the airports debate are offered in the form of a range of future scenarios.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: Runways for prosperity? The role of planning in defining the local economic effects of airports in Britain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Social sciences; Airports
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10099328
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