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Urban Planning Under Thatcherism

The Challenge of the Market, 1st Edition

By Andy Thornley


260 pages

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Originally published in 1991, Urban Planning Under Thatcherism links theory and practice to assess the changes to the planning system since 1979. It analyses the major trends by investigating the individual modifications in the legislation and the new initiatives which have introduced procedures to by-pass the normal system. Such changes are fundamental not only to the built environment but to the quality of urban life and ultimately to the nature of society. The book argues that this orientation is the result of a policy shift from local democracy to centralisation and from the criteria of the public interest to those of the market.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. The Post-War Consensus and the Purpose of Planning

3. The Nature of Thatcherism

4. Re-Orienting the State

5. New Right Thinking; Planning Under Siege

6. Modifications to the Planning System: 1 Development Plans

7. Modifications to the Planning System: 2 Development Control

8. By-Passing the Planning System

9. Towards a Simplified Planning System

10. Conclusions: The Re-Orientation of the Planning System



About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban Planning

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1970 and 1998, draw together research by leading academics in the area of urban planning, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine teaching, urban markets, planning, transport planning, poverty, politics, forecasting techniques and an examination of the inner city in Europe and the US, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of planning. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, geography, planning and urbanization respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography