ABSTRACT

Under the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 1968 unitary planning authorities were to be responsible for strategic policy, tactical planning and much of the implementation of plans. The Act extended the scope of planning to include not just control over development and the use of land but also transport policy, conservation and improvement of the physical environment. In the larger urban areas county borough councils were to prepare urban structure plans that would provide a framework for their own local plans. The same authority would then provide much of the infrastructure for development, together with schools, community facilities, council housing and the control of private development. Elsewhere county councils would prepare county structure plans providing a similar framework for local plans and development control. The county council would provide schools and much of the infrastructure whilst urban and rural district councils would provide council housing and many community facilities.