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Protecting and consuming the countryside

Madhu Satsangi, Nick Gallent and Mark Bevan

in The rural housing question

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423856
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423856.003.0003
Protecting and consuming the countryside

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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

Chapter.  5036 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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