• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

How and Why the Planning System Evolved
How and why the planning system evolved

The main purpose of the chapter is to provide a basic knowledge of the planning system, via its evolution, equivalent to a trainee doctor naming the parts of the body, as an essential prerequisite to the more rigorous discussions and evaluations in subsequent chapters.

The second purpose of this chapter is to provide an outline of why the planning system was developed and how it operates. The chapter takes an historical approach because legislation in Britain is strongly incremental, with one piece of legislation amending previous legislation. Accordingly, the reasons why one piece of planning legislation was amended provide a good evaluation of its strengths and weaknesses and also a guide to the ...

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