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Suitable Locations: Equity and Sustainability in the Minerals Planning Process

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  • Richard Cowell
  • Susan Owens
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    COWELL R. and OWENS S. (1998) Suitable locations: equity and sustainability in the minerals planning process, Reg. Studies 32 , 797-811. This paper examines the connections between uneven development and sustainable development, focusing on the British land use planning system where tensions are emerging between 'environment-led' and 'balancing' interpretations of sustainability. The key argument is that the spatial dynamics of uneven development are an integral component of these tensions, and their reconciliation, as sustainable development is interpreted through planning processes in different localities and at different levels of governance. This perspective is developed by examining British minerals planning policy and the conflicts generated by the Lingerbay superquarry proposal on the Isle of Harris. While the UK Government has sought to use the planning system to find a politically acceptable 'spatial fix' for aggregates production, rather than manage resource demand, presumptions about uneven development which apparently underpin this policy are being challenged, not least for their equity implications. Interpreting sustainable development in ways which are sensitive to different contexts and the connections between them remains a major challenge. COWELL R. et OWENS S. (1998) L'adequation des emplacements: les notions d'equite et de renouvellement au sein des projets visant l'extraction des minerais, Reg. Studies 32 , 797-811. Portant sur les plans d'occupation du sol britanniques qui se caracterisent par la naissance des tensions entre l'interpretation du renouvellement qui favorise une facon 'ecologique' et celle qui prone une approche plus 'equilibree', cet article cherche a examiner les liens qui existent entre les notions de developpement irregulier et de developpement durable. L'argument principal est que la dynamique spatiale du developpement irregulier fait partie integrante de ces tensions-la, et de leur resolution, parce que le developpement durable se voit interpreter par voie des systemes de planification dans des endroits divers et a des niveaux d'administration differents. Cette perspective se developpe en examinant la politique britannique visant l'extraction des minerais et les conflits qui ont ete engendres suite a la proposition en faveur du developpement d'une grande carriere sur l'ile de Harris. Alors que le gouvernement britannique cherchait a se servir du systeme de planification pour decouvrir un emplacement destine a la production des agregats et susceptible d'etre acceptable du point de vue politique, plutot que de maitriser la demande de ressources, il semble que des suppositions au sujet du developpement irregulier qui sont a la base de cette politique se voient contester, a commencer par les consequences pour ce qui concerne la notion d'equite. L'interpretation du developpement durable dans des manieres qui repondent aux contextes differents et aux liens qui existent, reste a faire. COWELL R. und OWENS S. (1998) Angemessene Standorte: Recht und Billigkeit und Nachhaltigkeit bei der Mineralgewinnung, Reg. Studies 32 , 797-811. Dieser Aufsatz untersucht Verknupfungen von ungleichmassiger und nachhaltiger Entwicklung, wobei die Hauptaufmerksamkeit sich auf das britische Planungssystem in Fragen der Bodennutzung konzentriert, wo Spannungen zwischen 'umgebungsbegrundeten' und 'gleichgewichtsbestimmenden' Interpretationen der Nachhaltigkeit auftreten. Das Hauptargument ist, dass die raumliche Dynamik ungleichmassiger Entwicklung ein integraler Bestandteil dieser Spannungen und ihres Ausgleichs ist, da nachhaltige Enrwicklung mit Hilfe von Planungsprosessen au verschiedenen Orten und auf verschiedenen Ebenen der Regierung interpretiert wird. Diese Perspektive wird mittels Untersuchung der britischen Planungspolitik in Fragen der Mineralgewinnung und der Konflikte entwickelt, die durch den Plan von Lingerbay entstanden sind, auf der Insel Harris einen Riesensteinbruch zu eroffnen. Wahrend die Regierung des Vereinigten Konigreichs sich bemuht, auf der Grundlage des Planungssystems ein politisch annehmbares 'Raumrezept' fur die Produktion von Aggregaten zu finden, statt die Nachfrage nach Rohstoffen zu steuern, werden Annahmen bezuglich ungleichmassiger Entwicklung angegriffen, die dieser Politik zu Grunde liegen, nicht zuletzt der Implikationen ihrer Recht und Billigkeit wegen. Die Interpretation nachhaltiger Entwicklung auf eine Art und Weise, die verschiedenen Zusammenhangen und ihren Verbindungen untereinander gerecht wird, bleibt weiterhin eine Hauptaufgabe.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 32 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 9 ()
    Pages: 797-811

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    Keywords: Sustainability; Uneven Development; Environment; Aggregates; United Kingdom;

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    1. Wilfred Beckerman, 1994. "'Sustainable Development': Is it a Useful Concept?," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 3(3), pages 191-209, August.
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    1. Wolsink, Maarten, 2007. "Wind power implementation: The nature of public attitudes: Equity and fairness instead of 'backyard motives'," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 11(6), pages 1188-1207, August.

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