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The rural housing questionCommunity and planning in Britain's countrysides$
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Madhu Satsangi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423856

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423856.001.0001

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Protecting and consuming the countryside

Protecting and consuming the countryside

(p.19) Three Protecting and consuming the countryside
The rural housing question

Madhu Satsangi

Nick Gallent

Mark Bevan

Policy Press

Popular myth and historical tradition about British countrysides have imposed a powerful impact on policy discourse. The countrysides of England, Scotland and Wales have been shaped by economic forces and values by those who believed that rural areas should be used and enjoyed. As seen in the previous chapter, a degree of retrospection through a sense of nostalgia is needed to fully understand the countryside. This chapter develops the themes introduced in Chapter Two by considering how the planning system of today and the evolution of rural policy and planning since 1947 show a particular representation of the countryside and the certain beliefs regarding the proper use of rural land. In this chapter, focus is directed on the policy regimes which have emerged after the Second World War and shaped policy towards the development of countryside and towards rural housing. It is argued in this chapter that culturally specific attitudes have expanded their boundaries, surviving beyond their time, creating difficulties for particular communities and areas.

Keywords:   economics, policy discourse, England, Scotland, Wales, rural policy, rural land, rural housing

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