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Challenges 2012, 3(2), 133-152; doi:10.3390/challe3020133

Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Sustainable Communities in the North West of England

1 School of the Built Environment, Faculty of Technology and Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, Cherie Booth Building, Byrom Street, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK 2 Istanbul Technical University, Department of Architecture, Taskisla Campus, 80191, Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey 3 School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Campus, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
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Received: 28 June 2012 / Accepted: 21 July 2012 / Published: 3 August 2012
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Origins of sustainable communities lie in agendas set in a motion passed by the United Nations nearly forty years ago. As part of a sustainable development strategy and to tackle negative aspects of post industrial cities, in 2003, the UK government launched a Sustainable Communities Plan, accompanied by regional action plans, of which a major objective has been to implement regeneration projects aiming to improve quality of life in several areas of England, including the North West. This paper aims to review sustainable development agendas and to establish what needs to be done to improve quality of life indicators for communities of Stockbridge Village (SV), Murdishaw (M) and Halton Brook (HB) in Knowsley Metropolitan Borough (MBC) and Halton Borough Councils (BC), which have been identified as the most deprived post industrial areas in the North West of England. An investigation has been carried out by comparing the economic, social, physical and environmental indicators. Study findings reveal existing challenges and highlight problems that need to be addressed when implementing sustainable development strategy.
Keywords: sustainability; community; challenges; urban regeneration; North West; England sustainability; community; challenges; urban regeneration; North West; England
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Maliene, V.; Durney-Knight, N.; Sertyesilisik, B.; Malys, N. Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Sustainable Communities in the North West of England. Challenges 2012, 3, 133-152.

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