THE controversies that arise from time to time regarding particular proposals relating to the location of industry in Great Britain leave little doubt as to the soundness of the recommendation of the Barlow Commission and of the earlier report from Political and Economic Planning for an independent central planning authority. Whether we look at the Tummel-Gary scheme under the Hydroelectric Development (Scotland) Act, the proposal to raise the level of Ennerdale Water to provide water for the Sellafield factory of Courtaulds, or the discussions about the expansion of Manchester and proposed satellite towns at Knutsford or elsewhere, the need for some authority able to take a wide view, competent to reconcile regional or sectional and the national interests, and to see that no short-sighted local action does irreparable damage to the long-term national interest, is unmistakable. It is the absence of such an authority and the manner in which such schemes have been handled that has been responsible both for some of the opposition and also for the misgivings with which they are regarded.

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    LOCATION OF INDUSTRY IN BRITAIN. Nature 157, 529–532 (1946). https://doi.org/10.1038/157529a0

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