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Town and Country Planning in the UK

By: Barry Cullingworth and Vincent Nadin

588 pages, Tabs, figs


Paperback | Dec 2006 | Edition: 14 | #176423 | ISBN: 0415358108
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This extensively revised 14th edition of "Town and Country Planning in the UK" incorporates the major changes to planning introduced by the 2004 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act and the government's mission to change the culture of planning. It provides a critical discussion of the system of planning - the institutions involved, the plans and other instruments that are used, the procedures for controlling development and land use change, and the mechanisms for implementing policy and proposals. It reviews current policy for sustainable development, housing and the Sustainable Communities Plan, the Barker Review, urban renewal and regeneration, the renaissance of city and town centres, the countryside, transport, and the heritage. Contemporary arrangements are explained with reference to their historical development, the influence of the European Union, the Labour government and changing social and economic demands for land use change.

Detailed consideration is given to: the nature of planning and its historical evolution; central, regional and local government, and the devolved administrations; the EU and its environmental and regional policies; the mechanisms of controlling development; policies for managing urban growth and delivering housing; sustainable development principles for planning; social and economic development of the countryside; planning the natural environment, waste and pollution control; conserving the heritage; the urban renaissance and regeneration; community engagement in planning; and changes to the profession and education of planners. Special attention is given to the objective of improving the co-ordination of government policies through the spatial planning approach.

The many recent changes to the system are explained in detail - the new national policy statements and plans, regional spatial strategies and local development frameworks in England and other arrangements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; new forms of land use regulation; sustainability appraisal and strategic environmental assessment; community engagement and relations between planning and community strategies; partnership working; changes to planning gain; and new initiatives in urban and housing renewal. Each chapter ends with notes on further reading and at the end of the book there are lists of official publications and an extensive bibliography, enhancing its reputation as the bible of British Planning.


1. The Nature of Planning 2. The Evolution of Town and Country Planning 3. The Agencies of Planning 4. The Planning Policy Framework 5. The Control of Development 6. Land Policies 7. Planning, the Environment and Sustainable Development 8. Heritage Planning 9. Planning and the Countryside 10. Urban Policies 11. Transport Planning 12. Planning, the Profession and the Public Index

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Barry Cullingworth was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, UK and Emeritus Professor of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware, USA. Vincent Nadin is Reader in the Centre for Environment and Planning at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; Visiting Research Fellow in the OTB Research Institute, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands; and Visiting Research Fellow in the Institute for Environmental Planning, University of Hannover, Germany. He is editor of Planning Practice and Research.

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