chapter  6
17 Pages


WithGwyneth Kirk

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. The book considers the role of land-use planning in a capitalist society such as Britain — to look at the scope of the planning system, its apparent aims, the mechanisms by which it operates and its possibilities and limitations. It argues that though it is ostensibly concerned to control commercial development, land-use planning in Britain can only do this to a limited extent, and in general terms supports the interests of big business and landowners. The book aims to draw together the main themes in two ways: first, in a summary of the usefulness of the theoretical perspectives and second discussion of the reasons for planning and the problems and opportunities which face urban planning in Britain in the not-too-distant future.