English Regionalization and Sustainability: Towards the Development of an Integrated Approach to Strategic Environmental Assessment

Adam James Barker, T. Fischer

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    Abstract

    Central to this article is the suggestion that modem planning and development frameworks in England are currently at a potentially productive, although problematic turning point. Whilst on the one hand the UK is attempting to make the legislative and institutional changes necessary to facilitate the process of regionalization and devolution, it is at the same time facing the challenge of ensuring the necessary levels of inter-agency cohesion and integration required for the delivery of the meta-objectives at the heart of sustainable development. Of particular concern for the English regions is the increasing complexity of organizational relations, the fragmentary nature of provisions, the potential mismatch between the need to preserve environmental welfare and at the same time ensure regional economic competitiveness, and more fundamentally, the failure to provide an appropriate mechanism for the evaluation of sustainable development goals. In the light of these challenges, the authors highlight the value of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as a mechanism for improving the environmental quality of decision-making and make recommendations as to how the regional level of decision-making can provide an effective platform for the development of an SEA system which is capable Of reconciling the sustainability conflicts derived from different tiers of decision-making. Within this discussion, suggestions are made as to the manner in which current ideas for introducing sustainability appraisal for Regional Planning Guidance should be amended.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)697-716
    Number of pages19
    JournalEuropean Planning Studies
    Volume11
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

    Keywords

    • DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES
    • INWARD INVESTMENT
    • DEVELOPMENT PLANS
    • REGIONS
    • GOVERNANCE
    • EXPERIENCE
    • ENGLAND
    • GERMANY
    • SYSTEM
    • POLICY

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