Development and the environment: Perception and opinion in St Andrews, Scotland

Ben P. Clifford, Charles R. Warren

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    Abstract

    In 2003, three proposals were being mediated through the planning system in the periurban environment of St Andrews. Fife: a large housing development. a rail link. and a Green Belt. Using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders. we investigate the ways in which diverse conceptions of 'the environment' shaped public reactions to these proposals, and evaluate the fit between these and the respondents' stated environmental perceptions. 98% of local residents surveyed describe themselves as 'concerned about the environment'. However, large majorities conceive of the environment as a local rather than a global phenomenon. and regard it primarily in terms of personal benefits (such as landscape aesthetics or traffic considerations). By exploring the environmental perceptions in the light of the planning proposals. the study supports the contention that the 'local environment' is a socially constructed phenomenon which can be fashioned and re-fashioned according to local perceptions of threats and opportunities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)355-384
    Number of pages30
    JournalScottish Geographical Journal
    Volume121
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Keywords

    • St Andrews
    • development
    • environment
    • environmental perception
    • planning system
    • SUSTAINABILITY
    • COMMUNITY
    • LANDSCAPE
    • ATTITUDES
    • IDENTITY
    • POLITICS
    • BEHAVIOR
    • HARRIS
    • THREAT
    • ISLE

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