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Should major redevelopment in London town centres be more regionally orchestrated or locally led?

Aplin, MJ; (2006) Should major redevelopment in London town centres be more regionally orchestrated or locally led? Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This study examines planning decision making in the provision of major retail development, at a time when there is a move towards increased regional level planning. It asks who are the influential parties in retail planning, and given the relationships that are formed, which planning authority will generally be best informed to plan town centre change. This is undertaken through an inductive approach in the context of town centre planning and policy in London. The research is led by interviews with a Planning Partner of a large national consultancy based in London specialising in major retail development, a Senior Strategic Planner in the GLA responsible for town centre issues, and the Assistant Director in charge of planning in an inner London borough. Along with other forms of qualitative research, these reveal problems in the conceptual basis of metropolitan retail planning decision taking. This particularly relates to the level of consideration given by planners to the desired organisation of town centre networks. It is found that due to this, the potential 'strategic advantage' of retail coordination at the regional level cannot at present materialise in the metropolis. In contrast local planning authorities, if their capacity is increased, can at least recognise aspects of the possible role of town centres that retail planning has not fully appreciated.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Should major redevelopment in London town centres be more regionally orchestrated or locally led?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
UCL classification: 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/1570336
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