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By L. Dudley Stamp

Britains constitution and surroundings bargains with the actual historical past, the level on which the drama of existence is performed and which gives the elemental atmosphere for vegetation,

It will be tough to discover a space of similar measurement wherever on the earth with this kind of number of actual stipulations, surroundings and for this reason of plant and animal existence because the British Isles. Our place of birth is certainly a geological museum, epitomising in miniature the geological background of the globe. each one hill and valley, each one plateau and simple displays the underlying geological constitution or construct; this quantity makes an attempt not just to explain the skin beneficial properties, but additionally to cartoon the lengthy and complicated sequence of occasions that have given the land its current shape - the construction of the British Isles. It hence offers with the actual heritage, the level on which the drama of lifestyles is performed and which gives the basic surroundings for crops, animals and guy.

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As often as not, rather than demolishing the offending structure, the freeholder might be required to pay an annual fine to the king proportional to the size of the structure (Chew and Weinbaum, 1970). Such behaviour revealed a curious ambivalence between the desire to protect the environment in the public interest and a quite different interest in adding to royal revenues. Whether in the Middle Ages such ambivalence was the subject of comment is not clear; it certainly became so by the seventeenth century.

The requirement to consider ‘other material considerations’ imposed by the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act is the response to the call for elasticity at the beginning of the century. But by what criteria were those considerations to be judged? Over the course of the century it became quite clear that a bundle of sometimes conflicting values informs the decisions taken on planning applications. In such circumstances, it has been easier on occasions to revert to measurable standards to lessen the inevitable stress caused by having to determine each case ‘on its merits’.

But the Earl of Bedford must have submitted plans to the Commission for approval which would make Jones’s involvement likely (Sheppard, 1970). 1. London: Lindsey House, Lincoln’s Inn Fields. These houses, roughly contemporary with the scheme for Covent Garden, demonstrate the influence of Inigo Jones and the Commission for Buildings in imposing an aesthetic ideal through the control of all new buildings. Certainly the plan for Covent Garden was as revolutionary as Jones’s designs for individual buildings.

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