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Development Networks and Urban Growth

East of Scotland Chapter Event

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 at 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Town House, 2 Wemyssfield, Kirkcaldy KY1 1XW
RTPI Scotland

This lecture draws on planning records and interview material to investigate who comprised the local development network in Inverness between 1997 and 2013 and how that network operated.

The concept of development networks embraces developers, landowners, funders, investors, knowledgeable professionals and local authorities, and may also include local universities, trade associations and the local media.

This University of Glasgow research found that a closely-knit group of perhaps 30 to 35 individuals with a common commitment to the development of the city and whose paths crossed regularly, both in the course of business and socially, were at the core of the Inverness network during that period. But the very informality of the Inverness network raised significant concerns around its accountability, exclusivity and fragility and about whether small cities such as Inverness would be better to establish more formal and open networks connecting key development actors.