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History of Urban Planning

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Publication date18/08/2022
Host publicationLessons from the History of UK Environmental Policy
PublisherBritish Academy
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Major historical events that shaped urban areas in the UK affected the planning system, which has undergone significant changes. The post-war urban development, the commercialisation of urban space, and the economic and environmental effects are discussed here to provide a deeper understanding of urban history and the urban planning future. Specifically, this essay explores how these changes affected urban planning and the kind of effect this has on the urban environment. It explains the context of this intersection through the post-war rebuild, the economic impact, and the international agenda's influence on urban planning and sustainability. Today, these changes offer invaluable lessons for the broader impact on the future of urban planning. This essay reflects on these lessons and provides recommendations to help policymakers, and urban professionals clarify the urban vision for a sustainable future for UK urban planning. It reveals the difficulties in policy and decision-making for sustainability in the long term, particularly in finding a balance between rural conservation, urban density, and environmental efficiency.