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Title: The impact of environmental improvements on town centre regeneration : a case study of Hanelli, South Wales
Author: Hall, M. J.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2000
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Despite their widespread implementation, there has been little research to investigate the effectiveness of town centre regeneration strategies, or, in particular, the impact of public realm environmental improvements on the commercial health of those centres. Llaneli, a medium sized declining industrial town in South West Wales, whose environment was improved 1992-97, was chosen as a case study because it could provide an insight into the extent to which an improved environment might lead to wider regeneration. A multi-method research approach was adopted involving large scale residents' and trader surveys, pedestrian counts, GOAD plan analysis and interviews with key informants. Generalised comparisons of the Llanelli findings were also made with other towns in South Wales. Llanelli town centre was a popular shopping destination for a wide range of socio-economic groups in early 1997 although there was general dissatisfaction with the town centre's shopping facilities, especially the absence of a foodstore. At the same time, there was widespread acceptance that the environment of the public realm had been improved. The research suggests that the environmental improvements were not accompanied by a dramatic and short-term improvement in the economy of the town centre, nor its competitive status. There was, however, some evidence to suggest that the changes to the public realm brought minor benefits to businesses and helped secure a significant amount of private sector investment. The private investment included the opening of new St. Elli Shopping centre in late 1997 that led to a dramatic improvement in the range of shops in the town centre in subsequent years, including new multiples and an ASDA foodstore. A perceived association between environmental and economic improvement in other South Wales towns was also identified, though the evidence inferring a casual link was not strong.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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