This accessible textbook offers the first critical introduction to the UK's urban and rural planning policy. Andrew Gilg explains and evaluates policy development at each of the key stages:Objectives: What is the aim of planning in the UK?Methods: How appropriate is UK planning legislation?Procedures: How effective are the planning organizations and processes?Impacts: To what extent have planning policies addressed planning problems?Teaching devices and case studies are used throughout to illustrate the planning process. The text concludes with a discussion of the measurement of the success or failure of planning practices.Planning in Britain will be essential reading for all planning students, as well as geographers and land economists studying land use planning.



It certainly was not the intentions of the founders of planning that people should live cramped lives in houses destined for premature slumdom far from urban services or jobs, or that city dwellers should live in blank cliffs of flats far from the ground without access to play space for their children. Somewhere along the way a great deal was lost, a system distorted and the great mass of people betrayed.

Hall (1974) p. 407

The planning system has organised the process of suburbanisation but not resisted it.

Healey (1983) p. 41

These two rather bleak quotations provide the sort of evaluation that this books seeks to develop further in the context of a British planning system that has managed land use change for nearly sixty years. Indeed, ...

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