Central Scotland as a polycentric urban region: useful planning concept or chimera?

Bailey, N. and Turok, I. (2001) Central Scotland as a polycentric urban region: useful planning concept or chimera? Urban Studies, 38(4), pp. 697-715. (doi:10.1080/00420980120035295)

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Interest in the concept of the polycentric urban region (PUR) has been growing among planners and policy-makers in north-west Europe. PURs are believed to offer a means of promoting regional economic competitiveness while safeguarding environmental objectives. This paper interrogates the concept and examines its relevance to the central Scotland region. Central Scotland has a polycentric physical form, but the evidence that it is a single functional region in economic terms is much more mixed. The dominant pattern of interactions suggests two separate city-regions, although links between adjoining areas seem to be growing. Despite considerable rivalry between public organisations across the region, there appears to be increasing support for the development of some kind of strategic spatial framework to inform key investment decisions and to promote closer collaboration. This would not necessarily be based on the PUR concept, since it is too broadly specified at present to guide the kinds of decision that need to be made. Further work is needed to elaborate and refine the concept.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bailey, Professor Nick and Turok, Professor Ivan
Authors: Bailey, N., and Turok, I.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Urban Studies

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