chapter  4
Developers and Architects
Pages 36

In exploring the form of England's inter-war suburbs reference has already been made to attempts, mainly by central government, to exercise influence over the development process and its products. However, the most important single finding of that exploration is the marked discrepancy, within suburbs created by private enterprise, between planning and reality. To understand the reasons for this it is important to look beyond forms on the ground and the formal exercise of planning. It is necessary to investigate the individuals and organizations directly responsible for creating suburbs - especially the landowners, developers, builders and architects, whose roles so far have received little more than passing mention and whose identities have remained largely anonymous.