The planning of urban and rural areas requires thinking about where people will live, work, play, study, shop and how they will get about the place, and to devise strategies for long time periods. Town Planning: The Basics provides a general introduction to the components of urban areas, including housing, transportation and infrastructure, and health and environment, showing how appropriate policies can be developed. Explaining planning activity at different scales of operation, this book distinguishes between the "big stuff," the grand strategy for providing homes, jobs, and infrastructure; the "medium stuff," the design and location of development; and the "small stuff" affecting mainly small sites and individual households.
Planning as an activity is part of a complex web stretching way beyond the planning office, and this book provides an overview of the many components needed to create a successful town. It is invaluable to anyone with an interest in planning; from students learning about the subject for the first time to graduates thinking about embarking on a career in planning, to local councillors on planning committees and community boards.
Introduction Chapter 1 The Big Stuff: Planning gets started Chapter 2 The First Big Issues: Houses and infrastructure Chapter 3 More Big Issues: Employment and the regions Chapter 4 More Big Issues: Health, environment and the countryside Chapter 5 More Big Issues: Getting Around - Dealing with transport in urban areas Chapter 6 The Medium Stuff: Where to put things? Chapter 7 The Small Stuff: The day-to-day work of the planning office Chapter 8 Policies and Decisions: How a planning system works Conclusion