An examination of policies and issues relating to the management of industrial land in core and peripheral urban areas

  • K.G. McKinnell

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy


    The principle focus of the research is on the demand for industrial
    land and premises and the dilemmas that flow from an inadequate
    comprehension of the demand component in the industrial development
    process at the local level.

    This lack of understanding is borne out by the problems encountered in
    the traditional core industrial areas which are not capable of
    providing the appropriate supply response to the changing requirements
    by manufacturing industry for land and premises. There are therefore
    repellant forces active in the traditional core areas.

    What emerges from the research is a framework for assessing and
    managing complex inner area and peripheral urban sites that could help
    form the basis of an Industrial Land Strategy. A cost-benefit
    methodology is adopted for assessing the viability of renewal of
    certain areas. The author advocates the local authority as_ the
    appropriate agency for implementation of such a strategy though there
    are certain policy implications attached to this.

    The whole concept of a viable Industrial Land Strategy rests on an
    understanding of both the nature and characteristics of Demand and
    Supply. Whilst considerable work has and is being undertaken on the
    Supply side very little is understood of the demand side of the
    equation. The framework as discussed above explicitly involves
    greater comprehension of demand side characteristics.

    In addition and within the context of this review those factors
    affecting the demand for industrial land and methods to determine in a
    quantitative sense this demand are analysed.

    The geographical backcloth to the whole of this study is the West
    Midlands Conurbation which has formed a convenient microcosm of the
    problems and issues to be found. But these should not be considered
    unique to the area rather they are symptomatic of the general economic
    malaise affecting the majority of the United Kingdom's principal
    industrial centres.
    Date of Award1986
    Original languageEnglish


    • policies
    • issues
    • management
    • industrial land
    • core
    • peripheral

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