Thomas Sharp and the post-war replanning of Chichester: Conflict, confusion and delay

Larkham, P.J. (2009) Thomas Sharp and the post-war replanning of Chichester: Conflict, confusion and delay. Planning Perspectives, 24 (1). pp. 51-75. ISSN 02665433 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Thomas Sharp was a planner of skill and sensitivity to context, very active in replanning smaller historic towns and cities after the Second World War. His 1949 plan for Chichester was well received locally and nationally, but led to fierce debates and conflict with the West Sussex County Council, newly elevated to the status of Planning Authority, who wished to widen the main streets that Sharp felt gave the town its Georgian character. The Ministry of Transport supported the imposition of standard carriageway and pavement widths. The Ministry of Town and Country Planning temporized and delayed approval of the Development Plan. By the 1960s Sharp's report seemed to have been forgotten, and a new culture of conservation radically changed planning policy. Perhaps Sharp's real legacy here was in delaying damaging proposals, and promoting a more holistic approach to 'townscape'.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chichester, Conservation, Post-war replanning, Road widening, Thomas Sharp, conference proceeding, heritage conservation, planning history, post-war, town planning, urban history, Chichester, England, Eurasia, Europe, United Kingdom, West Sussex, Western Europe
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 10:34
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 10:34
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2509

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