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Social Structure in New Towns

Nature volume 158, pages 599601 (02 November 1946) | Download Citation



ALTHOUGH the daily and the technical press have given it little attention, the final report of the New Towns Committee, under the chairmanship of Lord Refth London: H.M. Stationery Office, 1946. 1s. 3d. net a more important document than the two intereim reports. Whereas the interim reports were addressed primarily to the Minister of Town and Country Planning and the Secretary of State for Scotland, the final report is written also for the corporations which will promote new towns and for the general public. Summarizing the contents of the earlier reports, it deals both with the issues which are peculiar to new towns and with many which are common to all forms of new development. Some of the ideas and principles that it lays down for the guidance of those who will bear the responsibility of creating new towns may seem obvious, but the almost daily examples that are encountered of the neglect of the obvious by private developers, the planning authorities even of great cities, Government departments, and even such bodies as the National Trust, not only provide justification for the inclusion of such reminders but also indicate the wide audience whose attention the report can rightly claim.

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