A geographical examination of the twentieth century theory and practice of selected village development in England

Parsons, David John (1979) A geographical examination of the twentieth century theory and practice of selected village development in England. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This thesis is concerned with the planning of rural settlement in England during the twentieth century, and in particular with the application and the impact of the principle of selected village development. Both the development of planning legislation and the 'philosophical basis of rural settlement planning are examined in detail.

Since 1947 the concept of selected village development has come to dominate the planning of rural settlement. This concept is examined at length with particular attention paid to the relationship between selected village development and central place theory. The progressive adoption of policies of selected village development since the early 'fifties, has usually been related to systems of settlement classification. The operation of classification schemes is examined at length and is supplemented with an examination of the spatial inequalities between five different classifications, in the Isle of Wight, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, and West Sussex.

The impact of selected village development policies is studied in detail through two case studies, one of a 'pressure' area (South Nottinghamshire), and the other of a 'remoter' rural area (North Norfolk). Besides a more general study of these areas, twelve villages are studied in considerable detail through a questionnaire survey of a sample of households in each village. The results of nearly four hundred household interviews form the basis for a detailed discussion of socioeconomic patterns and processes in the study areas.

The concluding chapter presents a summary of the thesis and also an assessment of the principle findings. Specific suggestions for consideration as improvements to the planning system are presented. Together with the general conclusion that selected village development policies, appropriately modified, represent the most practical policy alternative for planning rural settlement in England.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Wheeler, P.T.
Subjects: H Social sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Geography
Item ID: 13973
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2014 09:50
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 15:15
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/13973

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