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Metropolitan Planning in Britain

A Comparative Study, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Roberts, Kevin Thomas, Gwyndaf Williams


292 pages

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Metropolitan Planning in Britain is the first comparative analysis and assessment of metropolitan areas and their strategic planning for almost two decades. Changes in population distribution, styles of local government, business practices, and attitudes to the environment have all had an impact on cities in recent years which planners and other policy makers must take into consideration. Based on a series of research projects and the activities of a study group supported by the Regional Studies Association, the book examines in detail nine major urban areas, their specific characters and requirements, and how metropolitan planning is adapting to fulfil those requirements. It also discuses the possible future evolution of metropolitan planning, especially in the light of new regional arrangements and devolution.

Table of Contents

Part One: Background and Framework Metropolitan Planning: The Context. The Evolution and Purposes of Metropolitan Strategic Planning. The Metropolitan Framework for Planning and Governance. Part Two: Metropolitan Case Studies. Greater London. The West Midlands. Merseyside. Greater Manchester. West Yorkshire. South Yorkshire. Tyne and Wear. The Cardiff Metropolitan Region. West Central Scotland. Part Three: Taking Stock and Looking Forward. The Metropolitan Planning Experience. Retrospective and Prospect

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning