chapter  4
North Bucks and the New City
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Prior to their construction, most postwar new towns in Britain generated local opposition. The powers of compulsory land purchase given to development corporations were of great concern to many people living in the areas designated for the new towns.1 Hence, for example, a book about village life in Essex before and during the construction of Basildon New Town in the 1940s was entitled From Country Life to the Brink of Despair: When the Bulldozers Take Over.2