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A desperately slow system? The origins and nature of the current discourse on development control

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Development control is widely seen as a problematic part of British planning. Yet the system that was put in place in 1947 was remarkable both for being comprehensive and for its potential responsiveness to the practical problem of planning for the unforeseen. By charting the evolution of the development control system since the 1940s, this article attempts to explain why development control has failed to live up to the promise of early thinking about its place within a universal planning system. It identifies the reasons why the debate on development control has been focused on administrative efficiency and the adverse consequences that this focus has had for the present working of the system. It reflects on possible futures for development control.

Document Type: Regular Paper


Publication date: October 1, 2002

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