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Small town vitality and viability: learning from experiences in the North East of England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neil Adrian Powe

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Abstract

Internationally, planning bodies and committees are required to make very difficult decisions with regard to the size, format, and location of rural retail developments, which may have significant long-term implications for the character and quality of rural life. Focusing on the issue of development location in the context of small towns, I evaluate the opportunities and threats associated with a movement to larger format stores. This is explored using case examples of town-centre development, out-of-centre development, and neglect from retail development within the North East of England. The results illustrate the potential to meet multiple policy objectives by encouraging town-centre/edge-of-centre development, but also permitting out-of-centre development when local circumstances render this appropriate.


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Author(s): Powe NA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning A

Year: 2012

Volume: 44

Issue: 9

Pages: 2225-2239

Print publication date: 01/01/2012

Date deposited: 14/02/2012

ISSN (print): 0308-518X

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3409

Publisher: Pion Ltd.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a44596

DOI: 10.1068/a44596


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