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Exploring alternative methodologies to establish the effects of land area designations in development control decisions

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jane Midgley


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This article explores,through the use of a comparative case study in North Yorkshire, UK, the role of land area designations in development control decisions. The study area included a number of different land area designations, under different LPA control within a broadly similar landscape type; the North York Moors National Park and neighbouring District Council areas of Hambleton and Ryedale, encompassing the Howardian Hills AONB and respective local landscape area designations (illustrated in Figure 1). Following a discussion of land area designations and issues raised by planning policy the main body of the article charts the evolution of a methodology designed to examine the effects of land area designations on development control decisions from quantitative beginnings to a more qualitative approach, based upon a hypothetical application. Due to the case study nature of the research, relevant examples will be cited from the study area to illustrate specific issues. The article concludes with a discussion on the methodology used and proposes that local land area designations have little priority in development decisions as a material consideration until they are mandatorily required by statute to be included in the decision-making process. Further, differences in development control decisions occurred not between the varying designations within LPAs, but rather between LPAs themselves.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Midgley JL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Planning Practice and Research

Year: 2000

Volume: 15

Issue: 4

Pages: 319-333

ISSN (print): 0269-7459

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0583

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/713691904


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