Land Use and Its Control
In the highly complex society in which we live there are all kinds of controls and restraints affecting the use of land, and most of these can be justified for one reason or another. They may be legal and concerned with the ownership of the land. They may be economic. They may be attributable to the physical characteristics of the site. Each of these is dealt with elsewhere in the book. This chapter outlines statutory control over the use and development of land and the buildings which stand on the land. Control over building and development is at present exercised by both central and local government under many different statutes, most of which have their origin in the Public Health Act, 1875. This was one of the first of many important statutes which have empowered local authorities to take steps to improve building standards in the interests of health and safety.
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