Surveys for Town and Country Planning

Surveys for Town and Country Planning

Surveys for Town and Country Planning

Surveys for Town and Country Planning

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Town and country planning is concerned with the use and development of land. This book examines the range of information which is required as a basis for policy decisions, and suggests various methods by which this might be collected. No attempt is made either to analyse the facts concerned with a particular aspect of land use or to suggest solutions to current planning issues.

My first debt of gratitude is to the many authorities referred to in the text, and to the ideas from other sources which have doubtless been incorporated unwittingly. I am indebted to Professor R. H. Kinvig and the staff in the Department of Geography, University of Birmingham, for their systematic training in method; to Mr A. R. Duncan, County Planning Officer of Herefordshire, and Mr H. F. Alston, Town Planning Officer of Hull, for the stimulus of applied research into current problems of land use; to the staff and students of the Department of Town and Country Planning, University of Manchester, for the discussion of ideas and their application in field-work, theses and design projects.

Colleagues in the University and in local or national government have commented on the manuscript. Some prefer anonymity because of their official positions. I am glad to thank Mr T. W. Freeman and Professor W. G. East for their initial encouragement and subsequent advice, and Messrs G. F. Chadwick, J. B. Cullingworth, F. Fishwick, F. J. McCulloch, D. F. Medhurst, I. Melville, W. M. Ogden, D. G. Robinson, W. Taylor and R. Turner for their criticisms. My typist, Mrs V. C. Stirling, deserves a special word of thanks. The merits of the book owe much to these people for their respective contributions; its deficiencies remain my own.

Manchester, December 1961

J. N. J.

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