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Joanne Scott

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565177.001.0001

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Building Spatial Europe: An Environmental Justice Perspective 1

Building Spatial Europe: An Environmental Justice Perspective 1

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(p.92) 4 Building Spatial Europe: An Environmental Justice Perspective1
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Environmental Protection
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Jane Holder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565177.003.0004

The EU's European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) and subsequent documents on spatial planning and territorial cohesion provide a framework for decision making about land use and development in the European Union. This chapter focuses on the origins of the ESDP and some of its key elements: sustainable development, territory, mobility, environment, and cohesion. Its main critique of the ESDP, and later spatial planning initiatives, is the absence of concern with environmental justice — a matter attributed to the fact that the ESDP been overridden by concerns about the acceleration of economic growth in the regions and in rural areas, firmly in keeping with the original economic aims and objectives of the Union, but distanced from a more progressive environmental and social justice agenda.

Keywords:   European Spatial Development Perspective, ESDP, spatial planning, territorial cohesion, environmental justice, sustainable development

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