chapter  13
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A New Vision: The Role of Municipal Authorities and Planners in Replanning Britain after the Second World War

ByPeter J. Larkham

During and immediately after the Second World War, about 200 “advisory” or “outline” reconstruction plans were formulated for a wide variety of British towns and cities. Some cities had been badly bomb-damaged, others were little damaged or even undamaged. Some plans were written by the most eminent consultants, others by the professional officers or elected councilors of individual local authorities, and a few by local organizations and residents. This chapter uses some of the plans produced, particularly for the Midlands, to review how the future town was being conceived and re-shaped and the processes and actors engaged in this massive urban restructuring; it focuses, however, on the preparation, not on the implementation, of plans.1