• Kaare Hjorth
10. term, Master in Urban Planning & Management (Master Programme)
The subject for this Master Thesis is small village development. The goal is to be able to describe small village development, in the context of being able to give suggestions to which kind of tools to use to secure a positive development for the future. Small villages are in this report defined as being a small collection of houses up to a village of a 1000 citizens. The report is divided into three parts. In the first the definition of a small village is presented, as well as there is given a historic overview on small village development. The first part ends with the problem formulation: The project search to be able to show a picture of the small villages current status as well as a description of what to do, to create a positive development. In the reports second part a case study are conducted, describing the development in six small villages in Thisted and Brønderslev Municipality, in the northern part of Jutland, Denmark. With a theoretical perspective settlement preferences and movement patterns are analysed. In addition the overall planning frame for rural areas, in Europe and Denmark is analysed, making it possible to describe the planning frames for the future planning period year 2007 to 2013. It is found that positive development is hard to secure in the small villages. Most important preconditions for a positive development is physical gathering points and social networks in the villages, supported by open municipality planning frames.
Publication date2007
Number of pages89
Publishing institutionInstitut 20, Aalborg Universitet
ID: 10105594