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Urban-rural differences in commuting in England: A challenge to the rural sustainability Agenda?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Champion


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While housing affordability and homelessness worsen in rural England, sustainability concerns are being used to reinforce the 60-year-old goal of urban containment. Yet there are claims that the evidence for rural communities being intrinsically unsustainable in terms of their carbon emissions remains weak. This paper aims to improve the evidence base through a focus on commuting behaviour. Following a review of recent studies of commuting that have included a rural dimension, it presents the results of new census-based analyses of differences between places in the distance that residents travel to work. Both indicate that a more nuanced approach is needed towards new development than a simple urban-rural dichotomy. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Champion T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Planning Practice and Research

Year: 2009

Volume: 24

Issue: 2

Pages: 161-183

ISSN (print): 0269-7459

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0583

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/02697450902827329


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