Constructions of sustainability and spatial planning: the case of Dalton Flatts, County Durham, planning inquiry

Hattingh Smith, A, 2005. Constructions of sustainability and spatial planning: the case of Dalton Flatts, County Durham, planning inquiry. Town Planning Review, 76 (3), pp. 341-362. ISSN 0041-0020

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Abstract

This paper explores the constructions of sustainability within a recent land use planning event. The focus is upon the discursive processes employed by key actors and agents in constructing concepts of sustainability during the local planning inquiry into a retail and leisure proposal in the District of Easington, County Durham 'called in' by the Secretary of State for the Environment. It reveals which discourses in particular were employed and discusses their implications. It concludes that sustainability is very much part of a wider political–economic game and that a high degree of social power lies with those participants who are able to utilise the appropriate discursive spaces and concepts; as a result of these factors the rhetoric of the concept of sustainability is generally not being played out within local level planning contexts.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Town Planning Review
Creators: Hattingh Smith, A.
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Place of Publication: Liverpool
Date: 2005
Volume: 76
Number: 3
ISSN: 0041-0020
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.3828/tpr.76.3.7DOI
Rights: © Liverpool University Press 2005
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:46
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:06
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2608

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