Listening to communities: Locality research and planning

Brendan Murtagh*

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This paper examines the use of community audits in plan formulation. Empirically, it evaluates the development of the strategy to implement the European Union's URBAN Initiative in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The core method used to determine the content of the plan was a series of semi-structured, in-depth interviews with community groups, tenant associations and voluntary organisations. The paper reviews the approach within the context of normative debates on the need for 'listening' strategies within land-use planning. It concludes by highlighting the importance of qualitative methodologies in opening consultative dialogue and discussion with deprived urban communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1181-1193
Number of pages13
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies


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