Journal article

Soft space, Hard bargaining: Planning for high-tech growth in ’science vale UK’

D Valler, NA Phelps, J Radford

Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy | SAGE Publications | Published : 2014

Abstract

The South East of England is Britain’s ‘problem region’ of unsettled administrative and political arrangements centred on a dense web of generally small settlements and their complex interrelations. Surrounding and tied to the international finance and political centres of London, much of the rest of the semirural South East region nevertheless exhibits a degree of polycentricity. Notably, within the South East of England are a series of ‘high-tech’ hot spots critical to future UK economic growth. However, the achievement of significant growth in and around high-tech spaces is challenging, given the context of semirurality and historic infrastructure shortfalls in some of these locations. Gr..

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