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This updated edition of British Urban Policy and the Urban Development Corporations provides a comprehensive account of the policies, programmes, and effects of one of the most controversial urban policy programmes ever brought to bear upon British cities. The authors place the policies and practices of the urban development corporations (UDCs) in the wider sociopolitical context of evolving urban policy; present case studies of eight UDCs; and explore the legacies of the UDCs and the evolving framework for urban policy into the millennium.

‘Out of Touch, out of Place, out of Time’: A Valediction for Bristol Development Corporation
‘Out of touch, out of place, out of time’: a valediction for bristol development corporation

Bristol Development Corporation (BDC) was announced as one of the third phase Urban Development Corporations in 1987, although its official opening was delayed by 18 months due to a petition by Bristol City Council to the House of Lords opposing its establishment. Bristol's single-purpose, centrally appointed body, was given a brief to regenerate a central area of the city using extensive powers, public and privately generated funding focusing explicitly on property-led, market oriented strategies. Politically, the government used BDC to bypass the perceived cumbersome, inflexible and commercially insensitive statutory local authorities. Bristol City Council in particular ...

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