Greenspace Governance: statutory solutions from Scotland?

DICKINSON, Jill and MARSON, James (2017). Greenspace Governance: statutory solutions from Scotland? Statute Law Review.

[img] PDF (24 month embargo required)
Dickinson-Greenspacegovernance(AM).pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only
Available under License All rights reserved.

Download (333kB)

Abstract

The environmental, social and economic benefits provided by greenspace are well-documented, and the closure of other types of Third Place has popularised them further. Yet, public sector funding cuts have necessitated local authorities prioritising other facilities that they are statutorily obliged to provide, resulting in a facilities-hierarchy which leaves financially-neglected greenspaces facing a vicious circle of decline. The Big Society agenda has seen local authorities increasingly rely on the voluntary sector to help plug the funding gap, yet there are concerns that such groups are not immune from the effects of austerity themselves which limit their panacean abilities. In exploring whether statute could provide any answers to these greenspace governance challenges, this article considers the lessons to be learned from the approach adopted in Scotland, underpinned by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 ('the 2003 Act'). In particular, the 2003 Act establishes public rights of access over most greenspace, a local authority duty to uphold these rights and local authority powers to take remedial action. Whilst there have been some issues in implementation, this article explores the potential for adopting a similar model in England & Wales to help secure the future of its greenspace infrastructure.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Built Environment Division Research Group
Departments: Development and Society > Natural and Build Environment
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 11:31
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 19:09
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17204

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics