Integrating Land-use Planning and Transportation in Belfast: A New Policy Agenda for Sustainable Development

Malachy McEldowney, T. Ryley, M. Scott, A. Smyth

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Much of the interest in promoting sustainable development in planning for the city-region focuses on the apparently inexorable rise in the demand for car travel and the contribution that certain urban forms and land-use relationships can make to reducing energy consumption. Within this context, policy prescription has increasingly favoured a compact city approach with increasing urban residential densities to address the physical separation of daily activities and the resultant dependency on the private car. This paper aims to outline and evaluate recent efforts to integrate land use and transport policy in the Belfast Metropolitan Area in Northern Ireland. Although considerable progress has been made, this paper underlines the extent of existing car dependency in the metropolitan area and prevailing negative attitudes to public transport, and argues that although there is a rhetorical support for the principles of sustainability and the practice of land-use/transportation integration, this is combined with a selective reluctance to embrace local changes in residential environment or in lifestyle preferences which might facilitate such principles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-526
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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