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The British New Towns

A Programme without a Policy, 1st Edition

By Meryl Aldridge


240 pages

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First published in 1979. Concern about the processes at work in Britain’s urban areas, coupled with steep declines in the population projections, led to a review of urban and regional policies in the mid-1970s, with major implications for the new towns as an element of national policy. The various stages and the conclusions of this re-appraisal are discussed, and the new towns’ role in the supposed ‘urban crisis’ is analysed. This title will be of interest to students of urban studies and development.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; 1. The New Town Idea 1898-1939 2. Wartime Deliberation; Post-War Legislation 3. The End of the Beginning: The Mark One New Towns 4. Renaissance and Redirection 1960-74 5. The Ownership and Management of New Town Assets 6. Balance and Self-Containment 7. Regional Growth and Urban Decline 8. Reappraisal 1974-8 9. What is the ‘New Towns Policy’?; Outline Chronology; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban Studies

Reissuing works originally published between 1968 and 1997, this 24 volume set offers a selection of scholarship on urban studies. Topics include urban policy, urban economics, and identity and poverty in urban communities. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology and urban studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban