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Planning guidance and large store development in the UK: the search for "flexibility"

Guy, Clifford Malcolm and Bennison, David 2007. Planning guidance and large store development in the UK: the search for "flexibility". Environment and Planning A 39 (4) , pp. 945-964. 10.1068/a38124

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An important feature of town-planning practice in Western Europe has been the attempt to control commercial-property development in order to conform with planning principles. The growth history of large stores such as hypermarkets, superstores, and retail warehouses has thus been characterised by disputes between developers and planners. In this paper we examine the responses of large-store developers to UK government planning guidance that retail developments should be of a nature and scale suited to the physical environment of town centres. This goes against some retailers’ preferences for large formats which are generally unsuited to town centres. We explain these two opposed views, devoting particular attention to the retail developers’ case. We then use findings from two interview surveys with selected retailers to explore how far retail developers are prepared to go in compromising their preferred models of store development in line with government policy. Finally we discuss potential effects of recent changes in government policy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Additional Information: Cliff Guy and David Bennison, 2007. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning A, 39, 4, 945-964, 2007, 10.1068/a38124
ISSN: 14723409
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:08

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