The Brighton Marina: A Case Study in Arbitrariness, Uncertainty and Social Welfare in Planning Models

  • Roy Turner
  • Sam Cole


Mathematical models are used extensively in urban planning; for example to estimate traffic flows, housing demand and the likely impact of new shopping amenities. However, there is considerable controversy surrounding the use of models in town planning. The displacement of old shops by new shopping centres and supermarkets has both social and economic disadvantages as well as advantages, as with other aspects of urban planning.


Local Centre Public Inquiry Shopping Centre Marina Inquiry Expert Witness 
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  • Roy Turner
  • Sam Cole

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