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Gated cities of today? Barricaded residential development in England


Atkinson, R and Blandy, S and Flint, J and Lister, D, Gated cities of today? Barricaded residential development in England, Town Planning Review, 76, (4) pp. 417-437. ISSN 0041-0020 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3828/tpr.76.4.3


This paper reports on research which examined the prevalence and rationales underlying the growth in gated residential development in England. The research also set out to consider the immediate and likely future impacts of such development. Policy debates regarding socio-spatial segregation and the encouragement of social mix to promote sustainable communities have generally ignored the upper end of the housing market and clustering of affluent households which are perceived to produce few negative externalities or problems for residents. We argue that gated development appears to provide a socially problematic form of residential development which `excludes' but nevertheless, in certain cases, appears to deliver a semi-autonomous form of neighbourhood governance. The research found around 1,000 gated developments in England at a time when the Government aims for new development to provide socially diverse neighbourhoods as the hallmark of future community sustainability. We conclude that this initial profiling of gated communities highlights the need for a debate regarding the relative social costs and benefits imposed by gating.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Urban geography
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction planning
Objective Field:Urban planning
UTAS Author:Atkinson, R (Associate Professor Rowland Atkinson)
ID Code:36535
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2012-09-24
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