Bridging top down and bottom up: Modelling community preferences for a dispersed rural settlement pattern

Michael Murray, John Greer, David Houston, Stephen McKay, Brendan Murtagh

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Abstract

This paper explores the scope to bridge top-down and bottom-up perspectives on spatial planning by drawing on EU-funded action research in relation to rural settlement planning in Northern Ireland. The empirical work is located within a review of planning theory that exposes a long running tension between the technocratic stances of government planners and the aspirations of engaged citizens. It demonstrates the operation of a large group planning methodology that delivers community preference with environmental responsibility as a participatory input into planning policy formulation. Transferable insights into the dynamics of spatial planning are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-462
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development

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