McCafferty, Des and van Egeraat, Chris and Gleeson, Justin and Bartley, Brendan
Complementarities between Urban Centres on the Island of Ireland (NIRSA) Working Paper Series 56.
NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, Maynooth.
Complementarity between urban centres is a key element of Ireland‟s National Spatial
Strategy and Northern Ireland‟s Regional Development Strategy. Both documents
encourage the development of complementary roles for urban centres, at both the intraregional
and inter-regional or national scale. In addition, at the intra-regional scale,
different roles and functions are accorded to different types of urban components.
Although the documents do not define complementarity, in most cases the term appears
to signify functional distinctiveness/specialisation of urban centres. Such
complementarity can be defined at different level of functional aggregation. Both
documents are vague as to the level of aggregation and provide few clear suggestions as
to the different roles or functions that are accorded to the various urban components.
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