COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT BY PLANNING
These two expressed views neatly summarise both the allotted and the growing disatisfaction which occurs when performance is measured against these demanding goals. Section B of this book has detailed many of the resource conflicts - both physical and social - which represent a rich habitat for countryside management by planning. Yet these very conflicts have severely interrupted the rationalist planning model of coherent and stable land use leading to life-enhancing social .patterns which Robins speaks of. Where, then, has planning gone wrong? To what extent have the planning techniques adopted in rural areas been inappropriate for the objectives required of them? Questions such as these have prompted a lengthy and often spurious debate over the future of planning. Some of the pros and cons are summarised in the work of Jones (TABLE 11.1). His conclusion is damning:
Planning policy in Britain is ill-conceived and poorly administered. The aims of it are obscure, and there is little evidence that they are achieved even where they can be discerned.