Gated communities in England: final report of the gated communities in England 'New Horizons' project

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  • Rowland Atkinson


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DatePublished - 2003
Original languageEnglish


Reviews research evidence on gated communities (GCs) and their effect on residents and outsiders. Discusses local planning authority control over the development of GCs,; residents' motivations for moving into GCs, residents' satisfaction, property values in GCs, internal governance, and external control of GCs (courts and legal control).; Presents the results of a survey of all local planning authorities in England providing information on the number of gated developments, the size of GCs, types of; developments, tenure composition, local authority policies and attitudes to GCs, and planning issues relating to GCs. Also presents details of case study work undertaken in; ten specific gated communities across four different local planning authority types. Discusses: who the gated housing developments are intended for; the demand for GCs; the; benefits of GCs such as crime prevention and security, community cohesion, services and self-governance; and the negative impacts such as internal conflict, increased fear of; crime, displacement of crime, and public services access and duplication. Considers the local impacts of GCs on the communities and localities that border them.

    Research areas

  • United kingdom, united states, north america, england, surveys, communities, crime, crime prevention, security, door entry systems, impact, access, residents, urban areas, participation, local government, town and country planning, development planning,

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