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More and more people are being affected by the planning, development and control of the use of land in the United Kingdom and increasingly people wish to play some part in the planning decisions that affect their lives. Planning law is now regarded as an important subject in British law schools, and this book will help make the law of land-use planning as challenging and as central a course in the curriculum as any of the more traditional ones.
The public and private law of land-use planning and control are examined through a careful study of cases, statutes and comments by planners, lawyers, ministers and civil servants. Decision-making and public participation are constantly kept to the fore by the text and questions of the author. The book ends with an examination of the vexed question of land values and compensation.
Patrick McAuslan, who is Professor of Law at the University of Warwick, has taught and researched in the field of planning and law for eight years in England, East Africa and Canada. He is the general editor of the Modern Legal Studies series. Besides his academic work he is a local councillor and adviser to amenity groups on planning law.
The Law in Context series embodies a radical departure in scholarly legal writing. The impetus behind it is a desire to broaden the study of law by proceeding beyond the exposition of legal doctrine to considering critically the law-in-action in its social and economic context. A contextual approach involves treating legal subjects from a broader base than has been normal in the past, using material from other social sciences, from business studies and from any other discipline that helps to explain the operation in practice of the subject under discussion. It is hoped that this orientation will be at once more stimulating and more realistic than the bare exposition of legal rules.