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Building sustainable communities

Mike Raco

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347442
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347442.001.0001
Building sustainable communities

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In 2003 the Labour Government published its ambitious Sustainable Communities Plan. It promised to bring about a ‘step change’ in the English planning system and a new emphasis on the construction of more balanced, cohesive, and competitive places. This book uses historical and contemporary materials to document the ways in which policy makers, in different eras, have sought to use state powers and regulations to create better, more balanced, and sustainable communities and citizens. It charts the changes that have taken place in community-building policy frameworks, place imaginations, and core spatial-policy initiatives in the UK since 1945. In so doing, the book examines the tensions that have emerged within spatial policy over the types of places which should be created, and the forms of mobility and fixity required to create them. It also shows that there are significant lessons that can be learnt from the experiences of the past, which can be used to inform contemporary policy debates over issues such as migration, uneven development, key-worker housing, and sustainability.

Keywords: Labour Government; Sustainable Communities Plan; English planning system; policy makers; place imaginations; spatial policy; mobility; fixity; migration; uneven development

Book.  280 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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