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The Spitalfields Community Development Group. A universal model for community based response to development pressure?

Mythen, EP; (1991) The Spitalfields Community Development Group. A universal model for community based response to development pressure? Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Community Development Trusts were established as a mechanism by which to organise communities facing a multifarious collection of planning problems. Subsequently, Community Development Trusts have been promoted as a model mechanism by which to empower people and enable them to solve their own local difficulties. There are many examples of Community Development Trusts currently in operation throughout the country dealing with a vast range of local issues, from promoting the image of a town like Wirksworth in Derbyshire, to providing light industrial units in Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. In this Thesis I will examine the role that Community Development Trusts can play in acting as a focus around which a community can organise in response to redevelopment in its locality. Many communities in Central London are under considerable threat from the demand of office development in their locality and therefore I have chosen the Spitalfields Community Development Group as my empirical example. I shall examine how the Community Development Group came into existence within the political context of the locality and how it has responded to the threat of redevelopment on the Trumans Brewery and Bishopgate Goodsyard sites. From this empirical study I hope to draw out the lessons which can be learnt from this Community Development Group's experience, how they can be applied to the operation of Community Development Trusts in the future and the implication this mechanism will have for future planning practice.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: The Spitalfields Community Development Group. A universal model for community based response to development pressure?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10142978
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