The Planner as Catalyst



Should town planners be agents of social action in the inner city or anywhere else? There is a powerful tradition which holds that the profession is concerned only with the regulation of controls and rules for the location, appearance and use of land and buildings. This regulatory role is impartial and apolitical: intervention in the distribution of social services and economic resources between areas or groups is not the business of the town planner. As we shall see, the substance of the legal powers available to planners reinforces this constrained, apolitical perspective.


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Notes and References

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    Tory Reform Group, Cities in Crisis (London, 1976) p. 1.Google Scholar
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    Rochdale Metropolitan District Council, Industrial Obsolescence: the Rochdale Approach (1977).Google Scholar
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    R. Minns and J. Thornley, Local Government Economic Planning and the Provision of Risk Capital for Small Firms, CES Policy Series, no. 6 (October 1978) p. 14.Google Scholar
  4. For further elaboration see R. Minns and J. Thornley, State Shareholding: the Role of Local and Regional Authorities (London: Macmillan, 1978).Google Scholar

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© Mark Allen, Ron Bailey, Bob Davis, Judith Green, Bill Jordan, Martin Loney, Alex Lyon, Marjorie Mayo, Jef Smith, Robin Thompson, Andrew Thornley, John Tilley, Peter Walker, Jean Whitfield 1979

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