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Evaluating the cumulative impact problem in spatial planning: a case study of wind turbines in Aberdeenshire, UK

Scott, A.J., Shannon, P, Hardman, M and Miller, D 2014, 'Evaluating the cumulative impact problem in spatial planning: a case study of wind turbines in Aberdeenshire, UK' , Town Planning Review, 85 (4) , pp. 457-488.

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Abstract

The problem of cumulative impact (CI) is an under-researched issue in spatial planning theory and practice with important implications for sustainability. This paper investigates how cumulative impact is addressed within the Scottish planning system through a case study focused on small-scale wind developments in Aberdeenshire UK. Using assessments of planning applications and stakeholder interviews, the findings revealed a disjuncture between considering applications on their own merit versus more strategic and long term considerations. The lack of sufficient guidance tailored to the specific scale of development poses significant proportionality problems. We argue for a more positive dialogue between planners, developers and supporting agencies championing adaptive management and social learning frameworks in order to improve CI processes and outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Town Planning Review
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0041-0020
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: M Hardman
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 12:02
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 16:47
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/33304

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