POLICY AND PRACTICE The Focus of Local Agenda 21 in the United Kingdom
The paper examines whether environmental issues are taking precedence over socio-economic issues in the UK LA 21 process. A categorization to separate issues which can be considered socio-economic from those which are environmental has been developed and a questionnaire sent to all UK local planning authorities. Results demonstrate that local authorities are indeed giving more emphasis to environmental issues, which is at odds with previous studies and with the concept of sustainability.The research has indicated that the cause may be a tendency to place LA 21 within the remit of environment departments and, whether this is the explanation or not, it implies that a re-emphasis of effort may be required on behalf of the local authorities.
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