One important stipulation of the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act was that each local planning authority should by mid-1951 have prepared and submitted to the Minister their first Development Plan – ‘a fairly broad but definite statement of policy’ showing how land was to be used and how development was to be programmed. 1 This chapter looks at the way in which Coventry formulated its main proposals to satisfy this stipulation, and in particular at how the Council proposed to continue its pursuit of the ‘welfare city’ objective in the light of the kind of difficulties (of population influx, industrial concentration and resource scarcity) which had impeded progress so much in the immediate postwar years.