Spatial scale and neighbourhood regeneration in England

A case study of Avon

Richard Harris*, Ron Johnston

*Corresponding author for this work

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In England and Wales a number of recent urban policy initiatives have been targeted to the electoral ward geography, treating this spatial unit as equivalent to a geography of 'neighbourhoods'. In this paper we question the assumption implicit to some neighbourhood regeneration schemes that marginalised and socially excluded populations are spatially concentrated at the ward scale. Adopting a recently developed procedure used in studies of ethnic residential segregation, we argue that neighbourhood funding at such a scale is unlikely to be fully effective; what is required is a consistent, fine-scale geography for a fine scale in policy targeting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-662
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

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