Containing Urban Sprawl: Trends in Land Use and Spatial Planning in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona

V. Paul, Matthew Tonts

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    Abstract

    In recent decades, there has been considerable debate in the Metropolitan Region ofBarcelona regarding the role of spatial planning in influencing general land-use trends. There is awidespread belief amongst geographers, environmentalists, planners and some politicians thatspatial planning of the metropolitan region has not been particularly successful in reducing urbanpressures on rural areas. The aim of this study is to explore the apparent links between urbansprawl, spatial planning and changing land use in the rural-urban fringe of Barcelona. The paperdemonstrates that the main impacts of sprawl have been concentrated in agricultural areas, andthat the planning system has not been capable of containing urban growth.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)7-35
    JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
    Volume48
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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