Market Towns: Roles, challenges and prospects by Neil PoweMarket Towns: Roles, challenges and prospects by Neil Powe

Market Towns: Roles, challenges and prospects

byNeil Powe, Trevor Hart, Tim Shaw

Paperback | June 29, 2015

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Original and insightful, this volume, giving in-depth consideration to the key issues affecting the future of market towns, provides readers with a framework for evaluating policy initiatives and progress in market towns.

Through a detailed analysis of the characteristics of over 200 towns and in-depth studies of eleven towns in different parts of England, the authors identify and explore a number of key roles for market towns. Such as:

  • retirement towns
  • commuter towns
  • employment centres
  • service centres
  • tourist towns.

Setting the results in the context of past and current policy, they consider in more detail some of the critical issues, including increased personal mobility, aging populations, housing growth and affordability, employment and retail competitiveness. Drawing on this detailed case study material, a final section explores the future role of market towns as sustainable communities and how they might best assure their futures.

Addressing issues which have not yet been covered in contemporary planning literature, this comprehensive volume provides a wide-ranging discussion that will appeal to those involved at all levels of practice related to market towns as well as to academics and students working in both rural and urban geography and planning.


Neil Poweis a lecturer in planning at the University of Newcastle. His main research interests include non-market environmental valuation and rural planning. Market towns research has provided the focus of his rural planning research and he has co-authored a number of journal articles on the subject. He has also written a forthcoming b...
Title:Market Towns: Roles, challenges and prospectsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:June 29, 2015Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415541115

ISBN - 13:9780415541114

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction Neil Powe and Trevor Hart Part 1:Characteristics, Roles and Policy  2. Market Town Characteristics  3. Exploring Contemporary Functional Roles  4. Policies for Market Towns  Part 2: Issues and Challenges 5. TransportGeoff Vigar  6. Ready or Not: The Ageing of Market Towns' Population Rose Gilroy, Liz Brooks and Timothy Shaw  7. Market Towns, Housing and RegenerationStuart Cameron and Mark Shucksmith  8. Implications of Housing Allocations for Market TownsSusannah Gunn and Neil Powe  9. Market Towns and Rural EmploymentTrevor Hart and Neil Powe  10. Visiting the Shops: Rural Service Centre or Visitor Attraction?Neil Powe and Trevor Hart Part 3: What Prospects for Market Towns? 11. Drivers for Change in the Case Study Towns  12. Market Towns: Roles, Challenges and Prospects