Image of theatre: Courtesy of Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Overview

Georgian improvement

In the 18th century, individual towns obtained their own legislation for improvement

Public buildings

Parliament also passed legislation authorising the construction of specific buildings within towns

Victorian towns, cities and slums

The persistent problems of poor and unhealthy living conditions in towns required the direct intervention of Parliament

The birth of town planning

In the early 20th century Parliament began encouraging local authorities to adopt new principles of town planning

Council housing

In order to meet severe housing shortages, Parliament approved heavily subsidised local building during the inter-war years

New towns

After the Second World War Parliament gave approval for an ambitious programme of new town developments

Also in this section

Here you can trace the main turning points in Parliament's role in controlling town development

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