Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the experience of towns which utilize town centre management (TCM) initiatives. The findings which emerge offer insights into how TCM can aid the development of urban centres. Design/methodology/approach – Qualitative research was conducted with public servants charged with the delivery of TCM initiatives in Northern Ireland (NI). Findings – The paper presents multiple perspectives on the purpose, process, benefits and challenges of TCM, specifically the TCM initiatives in NI. Practical implications – The paper presents evidence of the success of TCM in each of the participating urban centres. Originality/value – The paper focuses on research which seeks to enhance the understanding of TCM initiatives. This research indicates that TCM (with the right stakeholders) is a viable alternative to town planning, regeneration and management.
Journal of Place Management and Development – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 11, 2011
Keywords: Northern Ireland; Urban centres; Sustainable development; Town centre management; Planning
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