Planning and the Rural Environment examines the environmental issues affecting countryside planning. Emphasis is placed on the look and feel of the open countryside, the function and appearance of the rural environment, rather than the problems of its people and the settlements in which they live. Also discussed is the conflict of interest generated between some of the major planning systems concerned with the development of rural activities and the protection of rural resources. Comprised of 13 chapters, this volume begins with an assessment of conflicting views of how a countryside of the future should develop and the degree of control and direction that should take place. The following chapters consider how the emerging range of environmental problems and opportunities in rural planning can best be illustrated. In particular, the dominance of agriculture as a rural activity is analyzed, together with forest and woodland management; leisure activity in the countryside; and conservation of resources and wildlife. The next section is devoted to uplands and the urban fringe, paying particular attention to some of the ways in which rural interests interact in two very different areas. Finally, the development of rural planning is reviewed and issues that are expected to shape the countryside of the future are considered. This book should be of interest to postgraduate students of rural planning and specialists in various fields of countryside planning.
Table of Contents
List of Tables List of Figures List of Plates Preface 1 The Countryside and Conflict Part I: Activities: Planning for Development 2 Agriculture and Rural Land 3 Forest and Woodland Management 4 Leisure in the Countryside Part II: Resources: Planning for Protection 5 Resources and Conservation 6 The Conservation of Wildlife 7 The Changing Landscape Part III: Problem Rural Areas 8 The Urban Fringe 9 Upland Problems 10 Policies for the Uplands Part IV: Planning and the Rural Environment 11 The Development of Rural Planning 12 Problems in Rural Planning 13 The Future Postscript Index