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Fully revised and thoroughly updated, the Second Edition of Planning and Urban Change provides an accessible yet richly detailed account of British urban planning. Stephen Ward demonstrates how urban planning can be understood through three categories: ideas - urban planning history as the development of theoretical approaches: from radical and utopian beginnings, to the `new right' thinking of the 1980s, and recent interest in green thought and sustainability; policies - urban planning history as an intensely political process, the text explains the complicated relation between planning theory and political practice; and impacts - urban planning history as the divergence of expectation and outcome, each chapter shows how intended impacts have been modified by economic and social forces. This Second Edition features an entirely new chapter on the key policy changes that have occurred under the Major and Blair governments, together with a critical review of current policy trends.

A New Consensus? – Planning Since 1990
A new consensus? – planning since 1990

Even the most ardent Thatcherites had begun by 1990 to see planning as more than a bureaucratic drain on enterprise. In its final months, Mrs Thatcher's last administration showed itself eager to flaunt its environmental credentials. This change in governmental mood increased the salience of planning. After the ideological onslaughts of the 1980s, planners could now feel themselves part of a new, almost visionary, project to promote ‘sustainable development’. This recently coined (and vaguely defined) term came into increasingly common use in professional and political circles during the 1990s. It seemed to promise a return to a more holistic and comprehensive planning approach in contrast to the fragmentation of the previous decade.

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