Global Urban Research Unit

Town and Country Planning in the UK

Town & Country Planning in the UK, the first edition of which was produced by Barry Cullingworth in 1964, has established a unique position amongst British planning texts and commands a position of authority on planning issues, processes and legislation. Given the scale of change in the planning system since the last edition was published in 2006, together with the emergence of new emphases for the task of planning, there is now more than ever a need for an authoritative, up-to-date text to help navigate a route through the complexity of the UK planning system. This extensively revised 15th edition has been put together by a team of six staff at Newcastle University with experience of branches of planning in both academic and practice contexts: where appropriate, their efforts have been supported by a critical reading of the text by planners currently in practice. It is felt that this mix of experience, together with the varied professional interests of the contributors, will maintain and enhance the qualities for which the book is valued.

Research has demonstrated that readers value the book’s combination of breadth and depth, with the extensive suggestions for further reading and signposts to other source material making it the ideal starting point both for those studying and working in planning and for other professionals who need to locate their work in a planning context. The new edition maintains and builds on these values and continues to support practical detail with explanation and analysis. Through the use of a greater range of case study material it seeks to add clarity and substance to its coverage of key planning themes.

As well as updating the text to include discussion of the detail and implications of the extensive changes to planning since the last edition, the new edition shows a number of other changes. For greater ease of navigation through the 600 pages of text, each chapter now has an introductory section setting out its purpose. The text is enlivened and clarified by 145 illustrations, many of them in colour. Greater emphasis is given to important emerging themes, such as climate change. In addition two new chapters have been added – one on design issues and another on issues in plan policy development in key areas such as housing, employment and retail. Other chapters have been extended, so that consideration of transport is now complemented by a review of other important elements of infrastructure, and coverage of countryside issues is now placed in an economic and social context to produce a chapter which considers a more broadly based rural planning agenda.

The authors feel that their efforts build on an impressive tradition launched by Barry Cullingworth 50 years ago, and that the book will continue to provide an invaluable source of guidance for both students and practitioners in planning and associated disciplines.