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Perceived landscape values and public participation in a road planning process – a case study in Sweden

Henningsson, Marianne; Blicharska, Malgorzata; Antonson, Hans LU ; Mikusinski, Grzegorz; Göransson, Görgen; Angelstam, Per; Folkeson, Lennart and Jönsson, Sofia (2015) In Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 58(4). p.631-653
Abstract
The European Landscape Convention indicates that assessment of different dimensions that exist in landscapes should be taken into account in planning. In this study, we first investigated ecological, cultural and social values as perceived by the local people in a highway-planning process in Sweden. Next, we explored which factors influenced the local people's participation in the road-planning process. We used questionnaires, planning documents and the Theory of Planned Behavior to investigate the relations between different factors and local people's participation in the planning process. The results showed that people presumed the ecological values in the landscape to be adversely affected by the new road, while the social values would... (More)
The European Landscape Convention indicates that assessment of different dimensions that exist in landscapes should be taken into account in planning. In this study, we first investigated ecological, cultural and social values as perceived by the local people in a highway-planning process in Sweden. Next, we explored which factors influenced the local people's participation in the road-planning process. We used questionnaires, planning documents and the Theory of Planned Behavior to investigate the relations between different factors and local people's participation in the planning process. The results showed that people presumed the ecological values in the landscape to be adversely affected by the new road, while the social values would remain the same. Landowners had heard of the participatory-process, but few participated. Those who lived within 300 m of the road were more active in the planning process than people living further away. The findings suggest that people living within a few hundred metres of the road should be treated as key stakeholders in the planning process. The involvement of other stakeholders, and when in the public participation process stakeholders should be involved, is also discussed. (Less)
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landscape values, perceptions, participation, planning process, attitudes, ELC
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Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
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631 - 653
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10.1080/09640568.2013.876391
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  author       = {Henningsson, Marianne and Blicharska, Malgorzata and Antonson, Hans and Mikusinski, Grzegorz and Göransson, Görgen and Angelstam, Per and Folkeson, Lennart and Jönsson, Sofia},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {631--653},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Journal of Environmental Planning and Management},
  title        = {Perceived landscape values and public participation in a road planning process – a case study in Sweden},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2013.876391},
  volume       = {58},
  year         = {2015},
}