Alternative spatial concepts

Sustainable development of peri-urban areas in the Netherlands and in particular preservation of green space in these areas requires consideration and integration between the interests and claims of different sectors and social groups in spatial development.

At the same time  the research Peri-Urban Land Use Relationships (PLUREL) identifies a transition in management in Europe from government to governance where the role of national government is in the background. Scientists and policy makers seeking guidance in advising or formulating policies for their own region.

The goal of this project is to contribute to the debate on governance versus govern ment in urban regions. On the basis of cases of regional control, the project aims to show how the concept of policy dimensions can be used to assess the impact of control to explain in terms of preservation of green space in the peri-urban areas.

The article shows that the policy of  analytical dimensions not only can be used for the description of policy arrangements, but also to analyze strategies , to explain their performance and to formulate recommendations for practice.

Legislation, resources, actors and discourses are indeed the daily tools for policy makers and administrators of urban regions in peri-urban areas.

This output partially fulfills the request of PLUREL regions from 2006 to benchmark control strategies that enable them to learn of governance in other urban regions in Europe. The article shows how policy dimensions as an analytical framework to be used for this.