Social infrastructure and sustainable urban communities: planning challenges and opportunities

Julie Brown, Austin Barber

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Abstract

‘Mixed use’ is a solution often used to address (urban) sustainability concerns. The claim is that more compact, highdensity
urban developments that serve a multitude of uses and users can be socially beneficial while being
environmentally sound and economically viable. In the case of the Luneside East regeneration project in Lancaster, UK,
‘mixed use’ has been specified towards the goal of achieving a ‘vibrant, sustainable quarter of the city’ and a
‘sustainable and balanced community’. In this paper, a specific dimension of mixed use critical to community
sustainability – provision of social infrastructure – is assessed using a futures analysis. Providing services and facilities
that meet the needs of residents, promoting social interaction and enhancing overall quality of life are vital for building
sustainable communities. However, to deliver these social benefits, one of the conditions is that there is equitable access
for residents, both in the new development and for the existing community. The results of the study indicate that this
condition is vulnerable in several of the futures analysed. It is important for planners to take account of these findings in
order to ensure the Luneside East development will meet its social sustainability objectives both now and in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245 - 254
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability
Volume165
Issue numberES1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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