Talk:Town and country planning in the United Kingdom

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Needs higher level analysis[edit]

The article seems to have all the details about what laws were passed. What it seems to lack is why they were passed and the practical affect it had on potential landusers (other than developers themselves). In the 1950s, James Herriot (a writer) mentioned that he tried to buy some land from a farmer in Yorkshire and was told that it was simply impossible - that the farmer could not build a house on his land for his own children, much less anyone else. So land use was pretty well restricted then. Presumable for agriculture? Or to restrict urban sprawl? For efficiency in the use of rails? (force dense urban areas?). Needs reliable analysis. Hard to figure out what all those laws are doing besides creating an enormous bureaucracy someplace and maybe several someplaces. How many organizations do you need to say "no"? Student7 (talk) 02:52, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

I would agree that the article does need some more overview and contextualisation. There is certainly bureaucracy in the UK planning system, but if you think it's "enormous" then you obviously haven't worked within it. Regarding Herriot, as I understand it many of his books are set within a National Park (Yorkshire Dales), where stricter than usual planning rules apply, primarily to protect the landscape. Ghmyrtle (talk) 09:43, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
I stand corrected on the "enormous." The quantity of legislation that was documented led me to think that. I admit I did not know.Student7 (talk) 13:55, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
I think the quantity of legislation may reflect the fact that every new government wants to tinker with the system, and introduces new (or different) rules. Ghmyrtle (talk) 14:31, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Before 1947[edit]

There should be a large section on what the law was like before 1947. Could you buy some land an d build what you like? Or were there still rudimentary rules? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 109.155.76.197 (talk) 17:45, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

There certainly does need to be more information on that in the article. Basic information is available here. Essentially, I think (it's a very long time since I studied planning history) some local authorities drew up plans for the development of some areas, but on a far less comprehensive basis than after 1947. Ghmyrtle (talk) 17:59, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Linked to property classifications page[edit]

Hi, although there are mentions of the UK property classifications, I have recently uploaded an article which explains them in more depth. I have linked to it from this article if people want further reference. Kurt K Hahn (talk) 09:34, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

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