Town Planning Review

Contextualising development pressure

The use of GIS to analyse planning applications in the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Town Planning Review (2001), 72, (4), 373–392.

Abstract

Recent advances in geographical information systems make it timely to reconsider the value of planning applications as a data source for the study of development pressure. This paper examines the way in which such data can be used to provide insights into different forms of development pressure and variations in that pressure within different landscapes. The paper argues for the use of subtle analyses of development control statistics within such systems as a means of monitoring and auditing planning policies. The Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is used as a case study to show how these statistics can provide a powerful tool for policy audit for both landscape character areas and administrative zones such as district and county councils.

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Watkins, Charles

Wale, Catherine

Haines-Young, Roy

Murdock, Andrew