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Title: Infrastructure planning in England : a study of local practice
Author: Holt, Vivien Louise
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2013
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Infrastructure planning is viewed internationally and domestically as the key which unlocks balanced and sustainable economic growth. The emphasis amongst politicians, economists and planning academics has, so far, been upon infrastructure planning of national significance and examining the political, financial and environmental impact of mega projects. However, major infrastructure projects invariably take considerable time to deliver and any positive effects can only be derived in the longer term. Infrastructure planning as practiced within the local planning system has, so far, been overlooked or considered of limited interest in the context of immediate national economic concerns but understanding capacity and capability for effective and integrated infrastructure delivery at the local level is an important part of the equation. Through a national survey of planners and interviews with key delivery stakeholders in the north west this study has investigated infrastructure planning in local planning practice across England. The findings provide evidence that local practitioners in the public, non profit and business sectors are becoming increasingly adept at identifying local and regional infrastructure needs, co-operating on an inter-sectoral basis and ensuring that existing resources are utilised to best effect in their day to day practice. This untapped wealth of local knowledge, skill and expertise has great potential to complement and inform national infrastructure planning decisions and play an important part in stimulating economic recovery.
Supervisor: Baker, Mark; Hincks, Stephen Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Infrastructure Planning Local Collaboration