Community Impact Evaluation: Principles And Practice by Nathaniel Lichfield

By Nathaniel Lichfield

This can be a paintings summarizing in a single quantity the pioneering process of the writer to public-interest decision-taking within the box of city & neighborhood making plans. This publication is geared toward scholars, researchers and pros in making plans. Nathaniel Lichfield first brought in his ''Economics of deliberate Development'' the idea that, in any use and improvement of land, the normal ''development stability sheet'' of the builders had to be followed by means of a ''planning stability sheet'' ready by way of the making plans officer or making plans authority. Over the 40 years considering this paintings used to be released, the writer has delivered to the operational point the ''planning stability sheet'', with many case stories, basically for consultancy reasons. the current name displays the incorporation in the course of the Nineteen Seventies of the then rising box of environmental impression evaluate.

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This is the nub of the dispute over planning, as well put by Hayek (1944:26): All economic activity, in particular, is planning decisions about the use of resources for all the competing ends. It would therefore seem particularly absurd for an economist to oppose “planning” in this most general sense of the word…a dispute between the modern planners and their opponents…is not a dispute on whether we ought to choose intelligently between the various pos sible organizations of society…it is a dispute about what is the best way of so doing.

The coherent set of proposals were presented in an hierarchical set of plans that moved from a general outline for counties (county map), more detailed proposals for towns (town map and inset), a programme map setting out the changes visualized in the initial five years and the remaining fifteen years of the plan, and more detailed proposals for areas of immediate change (comprehensive development-area maps and supplementary town maps). The working of the new planning system was articulated in Ministerial Circulars and Advisory Booklets.

2). The location of central government regional bodies will go some way to compensate, but at central not local government level. But perhaps the greatest change of all, in relation to environmental considerations, came not so much from the Conservative Government policy or ideology but from pressures from outside. Notably, there was the recognition in the 1980s that the previous concern for the environment had been inadequate, and growing concern was essential. Thus, as regards practice in Britain it was the EEC rather than the government which made the running, in the process, without doubt increasing the need to have regard for the environment in planning at all levels.

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