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The Dublin-Belfast Development Corridor: Ireland’s Mega-City Region?

Edited By

John Yarwood

ISBN 9781138262492
Published October 19, 2016 by Routledge
310 Pages

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Book Description

The aim of the Dublin-Belfast Development Corridor is to link several towns and cities by various modes of communication in order to create a poly-centric mega-city region in Ireland on a scale large enough to compete with the major urban clusters of continental Europe. This volume brings together an interdisciplinary team of leading scholars and practitioners from both sides of the border to discuss the Dublin-Belfast corridor and the associated challenges of cross-border development from economic, geographic, regional studies, sociological and planning perspectives. As well as providing insight into this important project, the book also throws light on regional development more generally.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Preface; Overview and summary, John Yarwood; City-regions in the global knowledge economy, Martin Sokol; Implementing the national spatial strategy and the regional development strategy for Northern Ireland within the Dublin-Belfast corridor, Niall Cussen and Jim Hetherington; Critical reflections on the national spatial strategy and the regional development strategy for Northern Ireland, Jim Walsh and Michael Murray; The structure of the Greater Dublin area, John Yarwood; Appendix to Chapter 5, Gearoid O'Riain and Nick Green; Remarks on the regional planning guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area, John Yarwood; Review of local planning within the Dublin-Belfast corridor, Malachy McEldowney and Derry O'Connell; Mass transportation within development corridors, John Prosser and John Yarwood; Service firm connections in the Dublin-Belfast corridor, Chris van Egeraat and Martin Sokol; Housing growth, land delivery and sustainable urban management, Mark Scott, Niamh Moore, Declan Redmond and Menelaos Gkartzios; Urban design principles and local environments in the Dublin-Belfast corridor, Philip Geoghegan; Housing markets and cross-border integration, Chris Paris; Sub-regional planning in cross-border city-regions: the case of North-West Ireland, Brendan Murtagh and Brian Kelly; Local authorities and the management of cross-border projects, Derek Birrell; Towards an hypothetical regional plan for the Dublin-Belfast corridor, John Yarwood; Index.

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John Yarwood is an International Planning Consultant. He is a Former Director of Urban Institute Ireland at University College Dublin.


’A compelling read for the spatial strategists, public servants and investors who are shaping the pattern of future development on the island of Ireland. An inspirational perspective on the untapped potential of Ireland's eastern seaboard.’ Bill Morrison, Planning Consultant and Visiting Professor, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland