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Title:TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (ABCA MAGAZINE NO 5) [Main Title]
Film Number:UKY 748
Summary: The "master plan" for the rebuilding of post-war Britain.
Description: Elimination of homelessness, planning of new towns to meet long-term industrial, social and educational needs, and preservation of the countryside. The sprawling suburban "purgatory" of Britain is attributed to thoughtless planning during the Industrial Revolution and the housing crisis of 1919-1924, and has resulted in such problems as overcrowding, pollution, traffic jams, nervous strain, and loss in working time of 25 million dollars per annum in London alone. The chance to improve these conditions has presented itself once again in the aftermath of war, and Britain's planners have drawn up a scheme which will improve living conditions for every British citizen. The basic strategy envisages the establishment of industrial satellite towns (each of which may absorb one or more existing towns), expansion being arrested by a "green belt" of countryside around the perimeter of each town, and the towns linked by arterial roads. This master plan will be executed by coordination of officials from ministerial to local authority level. The scheme will take many years, but the future of Britain is presented as a prosperous one.