By John Sheail
Environmental background has grown apace considering the fact that 1970. The publication breaks new floor in illustrating how one of the most urgent matters got here to be famous, and a reaction made. Policymaking is reviewed in the wider context of a growing to be expertise at the a part of govt and company of the function of environmental concerns in wealth construction and social health.
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Such a ‘classical’ approach to town planning was perhaps best exemplified by Lewis Keeble’s textbook of 1952. Town planning was ‘the art and science of ordering the use of land and the character and arrangement of buildings so as to secure the maximum practicable degree of economy, convenience and beauty’. Without such an orderly approach, there would be even more instances of traffic jams in town centres, ribbons of suburban growth, and Peacehaven-type development at every vantage point on the coast.
The treatment and disposal works at Davyhulme, on the river Irwell, were commissioned in 1894 (Read 1997). None doubted the efficacy of land treatment, where the sanitary authorities had sufficient land for adequate filtration through the soil of a sewage farm. There was however increasing pressure from those authorities which had run out of land. For them, the obvious course was to build ‘artificial’ treatment works. It was also realised that the changes wrought by passing sewage through the soil arose not so much from filtration, but from the decomposition caused by the action of microscopic organisms.
In identifying the optimal use (or rather uses) of tracts of land, closer analysis might be made of the character and causes of its present-day use. Dudley Stamp had himself directed a Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain, which had recorded the use of The Management of Change 27 every parcel of land within the period 1931–34 (Stamp 1948). Such individual analyses required synthesis as to their bearing on employment, the home and wider community, and the demand for land for farming, forestry, communications and leisure-pursuits.
An Environmental History of Twentieth-Century Britain by John Sheail