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In identifying the optimal use (or rather uses) of tracts of land, closer analysis might be made of the character and causes of its present-day use. Dudley Stamp had himself directed a Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain, which had recorded the use of The Management of Change 27 every parcel of land within the period 1931–34 (Stamp 1948). Such individual analyses required synthesis as to their bearing on employment, the home and wider community, and the demand for land for farming, forestry, communications and leisure-pursuits.
The Louth Standard, of 1 August 1931, described them as ‘rusty pork pies on the top of the dunes’. The County Medical Officer of Health warned of how the earth closets and poor drainage were a hazard to public health. The Clerk to the County Council, Eric Scorer, expressed alarm from an even wider perspective. Largely through his initiative, the Lindsey County Council resolved in November 1930 to promote a parliamentary Bill granting it powers to preserve all the sandhills and beaches as public open-space and, secondly, to regulate their future development.
It had all become so very different from the immediate post-war euphoria. Although priority had been given to the ‘socialisation’ of coal and other basic industries and utilities, The Management of Change 43 and the further advance of ‘the welfare state’, a Town and Country Planning Bill was enacted as early as 1947. The ten-part Bill for England and Wales (there was another for Scotland) was intended to be more flexible and positive in its regulation and direction of development in every part of town and country.