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Sustainable planning in Madrid

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The Madrid team undertook a detailed survey of the geological, geographical, political and environmental aspects of current developments in the Madrid Autonomous Region.

This is a large area (8025 square kilometres) and it was necessary to obtain a substantial geographical database and review the political history of land-use regulation in the region. There was also a need for extensive fieldwork to explore the relationship between biodiversity and habitat fragmentation. Given the amount of data preparation required, WP5 was only required to produce a conceptual model that could be investigated using the TiGrESS system.

The data were produced and incorporated, but the conceptual model produced a striking change of perception within the team. Newcastle and Madrid undertook statistical studies that characterised five “conflict zones” in the Madrid Autonomous Region. A booklet was written (in Spanish and English versions) and used as the basis of a substantial stakeholder engagement programme. Initial work has focussed on regional agencies, developers, farmers, local authorities, NGOs and, of course, the Regional Government.

Initial responses have been favourable and the team is now exploring the scope for establishing a “Sustainable Planning Observatory” that will provide a first port of call for citizens and developers wishing to engage in the planning process. The Observatory will (we hope) be funded on a mix of public-funding, commercial and competitively tendered project work aimed at facilitating convergence and compliance with EU law, particularly in respect of Environmental Impact Assessment.

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