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Nature conservation, water recreation and the planning system

Harvey, Jane; (1993) Nature conservation, water recreation and the planning system. Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Environmental protection and the provision of recreational facilities are both current topics of debate within the planning profession and ones that are likely to receive continued attention. The aim of the thesis is to examine the conflicts that occur between water based recreation and nature conservation, whether they be based upon social values and beliefs, or physical land/water use conflicts, and to discuss the effectiveness of the planning system as a mechanism for resolving these conflicts. The introductory chapter explains the nature and scope of the work, including the methodology used in researching the project and the national policy context. The next chapter considers what the conflicts are between water recreation and nature conservation, and is divided into two sections, one looking at the coast and estuaries while the other considers the nature of the problem on inland waters, that is enclosed waters and rivers. Next, to what extent these issues are evident in the chosen case study area of Essex is discussed through the examination of a number of selected sites from within the County, which will include both inland and coastal areas. An assessment will be made as to where the impact of water based recreation on the natural environment is greatest. Following on from a study of each site the thesis will go on to examine the role of the planning system and ways in which it has attempted to resolve the conflicts and how effective these methods have been. Then, by means of a conclusion possible ways forward will be suggested and what further contributions Local Planning Authorities and the planning system in general can make towards resolving the conflicts between the two sets of interest. It will become increasingly apparent that the key words are "co-ordination and co-operation", and that the planning system can certainly make a significant contribution to overcoming the conflicts.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: Nature conservation, water recreation and the planning system
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Social sciences; Health and environmental sciences; Water-based recreation
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10100006
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