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Abstract

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing society and the spatial planning system plays a crucial role in ensuring that important adaptations to the built environment are evaluated. Drawing upon a mixed-methods research approach, this paper explores the progress that has been made by the planning system in England in addressing the challenge of climate change adaptation in coastal urban areas. The results indicate that the adaptation produced through the planning system remains incremental rather than transformative. It is focused on experienced hazards, especially flooding, and there is a lack of attention being paid to wider impacts of climate change, such as rising average temperatures. Furthermore, it was found that the contemporary contribution of planning to climate change adaptation is seriously limited by the government’s emphasis on housing and economic growth and by the development industry’s emphasis on economic viability.

DOI

10.1080/09640568.2019.1617680.

Publication Date

2019-05-07

Publication Title

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

Volume

63

Issue

5

First Page

912

Last Page

934

ISSN

0964-0568

Embargo Period

2020-06-19

Organisational Unit

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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