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Spatial developments of business locations in the Netherlands, 1981 - 2005; A historical analysis for the support of the simulation model 'Land-Use Scanner' on a scale-level of 500 meter grid cells

Bedrijfsterreinen weg van de snelweg? Een historische analyse van de ruimtelijke veranderingen van bedrijfsterreinen in de periode 1981 - 1993, op het ruimtelijk schaalniveau van 500 meter gridcellen

Synopsis

In the recent Dutch spatial planning policy, much attention is given to the problems associated with the spatial pressure generated by different -still expanding- types of land use. One of the problems is the increasing amount of space claimed by business parcs, leading to a further dispersion of the limited amount of open space in the Netherlands. In this investigation the growth rates of the business areas are estimated and compared for different spatial units, in relation to the driving forces behind these developments. For this research the spatial analytical capabilities of a geographical information system (GIS) was used to analyse the different detailed digital land use maps of the Dutch statistical agency (CBS). It appears that the fastest growth rates of business areas are found in the direct surroundings of nodes of infrastructure. In the future period till 2005 however, it seems that the accent of growth is shifting to the total zone of the city-edges. Finally the results of this research were used to test and further improve the land use simulation model 'Land-Use Scanner'.
 

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