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The role of spatial planning in transitioning to circular urban development

Williams, J; (2020) The role of spatial planning in transitioning to circular urban development. Urban Geography 10.1080/02723638.2020.1796042. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Circular development necessitates the socio-ecological transformation of our urban systems. It requires that “wasted” resources are looped; the ecological regenerative capacity and adaptive capacity of urban systems are developed. The end result will be healthier urban ecosystems, with low levels of resource consumption and wastage. Spatial planning potentially has a crucial role to play in the delivery of circular development. However, it has an ambiguous legacy, demonstrated by London, Paris and Amsterdam. It will need to go beyond the allocation of temporary spaces for circular experimentation, if it is to enable the transition. It will need to intervene in markets to provide space for low-value, circular activities and enable the localised looping of resources within city-regions. It should support infrastructure needed for circular actions and ensure urban form continues to support circular systems adopted. Finally, planners can generate demand for circular activities and products, through conditions placed on new developments.

Type: Article
Title: The role of spatial planning in transitioning to circular urban development
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2020.1796042
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2020.1796042
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Circular development, circular economy, spatial planning, resources, sustainability
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10106975
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