An Environmental History of Twentieth-Century Britain by John Sheail

By John Sheail

Environmental heritage has grown apace on account that 1970. The booklet breaks new floor in illustrating how probably the most urgent matters got here to be well-known, and a reaction made. Policymaking is reviewed in the wider context of a turning out to be wisdom at the a part of govt and enterprise of the position of environmental concerns in wealth construction and social well being.

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A ‘gappy’ or ‘pepper-pot’ type of development would evolve, with ‘certain types of building on larger, better plots’ intermingled with smaller plots, ‘left unoccupied to go to wrack and ruin’. The Bill was the only way to avert such a situation. Not only was there compensation for the occasional personal hardship, but it would be a small price to pay for enhancing the life and appearance of the entire beach area. The Management of Change 41 At this stage in the proceedings, the Select Committee took a short adjournment and then announced that the clauses of the Bill relating to the beachlands had been rejected.

Doncaster was one of a handful of authorities to secure the precedent, under the Doncaster Corporation Act of 1931, to include the built-up area of the city centre (Doncaster Record Office, AB9/TC3, 527). Such an enabling provision was generalised to all local planning authorities, under the Town and Country Planning Act of 1932. Although any suburb, inner urban-area, and even the remotest tract of countryside might be brought within the compass of a planning scheme, the decision remained firmly with the individual borough council, urban or rural district council.

Simon, a leading figure in local government and economic planning, spoke of how war had ‘reunified democracy’. There was determination to build a new civilisation where expediency gave way to resolute action (Scottish Record Office, DD 10, 304; Parliamentary Debates (PD), Commons, 359, 1026–94). Almost every official engaged in statutory planning had been transferred to more immediate wartime duties. It was another minister, in another department, who secured a revival of interest. Appointed to the post of Minister of Works, Lord Reith obtained personal responsibility for the ‘physical’ planning of post-war reconstruction.

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