If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it so we can fix it.
continued from page 57
receive full details at every stage of plan-making. Skeffington did not go so far: publicity should be directed in such a way as would inform the public "and will enable those who wish to do so to participate in depth".
Information distribution should be systematically organized. "For that purpose we recommend that local planning authorities should consider keeping a Participants' Register in which people or bodies could ask to have their name entered in order to ensure that they were notified of the preparation of a development plan." The register, it was suggested, could be in the form of a mailing list for the regular distribution of information bulletins detailing the programme for the preparation of plans and listing the publications available. The information in the bulletins should indicate the scope of the plans and the areas affected and related areas, such as Conservation Areas. Probably a charge would be made for this service, but it would be a boon to many busy people and organizations.
Register However, this type of Participants' Register would not, it appears, inform every person or firm when planning proposals affected their property. "The purpose of the register would be to make it easier for people to know when plans are being prepared which might affect their property."
The Skeffinton Committee reported before the reports of the Royal Commissions on Local Government in England and Scotland were published. Detail changes in the recommendations could be anticipated under a new structure of local government authorities though the broad principles are expected to be generally valid. "In any event planning under the new development system is starting now with local authorities as we have them at present. Our recommendations therefore have an immediate relevance."
There is already available a vast literature on planning. The reports mentioned below are available from HMSO. They reveal much of the future through planners' eyes.
The North West 18s.
The West Midlands 12s 6d A Strategy for the South East 15s A Region with a Future (Draft Study for South West) 36s East Midlands Study 30s Opportunity in the East Midlands 17s 6d Dawley, Wellington, Oakengates (Consultants Proposals for Develop ments) 25s The Problems of Merseyside 8s 6d Teesside Survey and Plans 70s Huddersfield and Colne Valley (area Study) 17s 6d East Anglia—A Study 40s Ipswich Draft Basic Plan 70s Halifax and Calder Valley (Area Study) 17s 6d South Hampshire Study 70s Dee Crossing Study 90s