Original and insightful, this volume, giving in-depth consideration to the key issues affecting the future of market towns, provides readers with a framework for evaluating policy initiatives and progress in market towns.
Through a detailed analysis of the characteristics of over 200 towns and in-depth studies of eleven towns in different parts of England, the authors identify and explore a number of key roles for market towns. Such as:
- retirement towns
- commuter towns
- employment centres
- service centres
- tourist towns.
Setting the results in the context of past and current policy, they consider in more detail some of the critical issues, including increased personal mobility, aging populations, housing growth and affordability, employment and retail competitiveness. Drawing on this detailed case study material, a final section explores the future role of market towns as sustainable communities and how they might best assure their futures.
Addressing issues which have not yet been covered in contemporary planning literature, this comprehensive volume provides a wide-ranging discussion that will appeal to those involved at all levels of practice related to market towns as well as to academics and students working in both rural and urban geography and planning.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Neil Powe and Trevor Hart Part 1: Characteristics, Roles and Policy 2. Market Town Characteristics 3. Exploring Contemporary Functional Roles 4. Policies for Market Towns Part 2: Issues and Challenges 5. Transport Geoff Vigar 6. Ready or Not: The Ageing of Market Towns' Population Rose Gilroy, Liz Brooks and Timothy Shaw 7. Market Towns, Housing and Regeneration Stuart Cameron and Mark Shucksmith 8. Implications of Housing Allocations for Market Towns Susannah Gunn and Neil Powe 9. Market Towns and Rural Employment Trevor Hart and Neil Powe 10. Visiting the Shops: Rural Service Centre or Visitor Attraction? Neil Powe and Trevor Hart Part 3: What Prospects for Market Towns? 11. Drivers for Change in the Case Study Towns 12. Market Towns: Roles, Challenges and Prospects
Neil Powe is a lecturer in planning at the University of Newcastle. His main research interests include non-market environmental valuation and rural planning. Market towns research has provided the focus of his rural planning research and he has co-authored a number of journal articles on the subject. He has also written a forthcoming book on environmental valuation.
Trevor Hart is visiting research fellow in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle. He has a number of years’ experience of practice in planning and economic development in rural areas and has recently been engaged in a number of evaluation studies involving the impact of enterprise policy in deprived communities, graduate recruitment in small businesses and the impact of social enterprise.
Tim Shaw is head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle. His research has covered various aspects of regional planning and he has many years’ experience dealing with issues of rural planning. He has co-authored journal articles on market towns and is currently editing a special issue on green belts for the Journal of Environmental, Planning and Management.