Changes in the philosophy of planning and the political
influences behind it have led to an increasingly ambivalent
approach to retail and commercial matters and a lack of clear goals
and objectives as to what both central government and the local
authorities should be concerned with. At the same time, changes
within the distribution industry have brought new pressures to bear
upon the environment which the conventional planning process seems
ill-equipped to accommodate. This book, by an established leading
authority, takes stock of the new problems to be confronted and
provides the rudiments of an alternative planning approach to
dealing with them.
It begins by examining the growth of office blocks and shopping
centres, and goes on to analyse and criticise the existing planning
processes, suggesting alternative procedures. It looks at the dual
needs of development on the one hand and renovation and
redevelopment on the other and discusses how these should be dealt
with in the future. More specific problems are also examined: the
impact created by new shopping schemes, the decline of small shops
and related activities, the conflict over transport demands and
provisions and the special physical needs of particular urban and
rural environments. Throughout, the argument is supported by
detailed examples of particular developments.
Originally published 1984.
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