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Land, Development and Design

Land, Development and Design

Paul Syms

ISBN: 978-0-470-69071-0

Feb 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

360 pages

Select type: O-Book


This new textbook for students and practitioners of surveying and town planning, as well as other built environment professionals with an interest in the processes of property development, provides a modern view of site assembly, town planning policies and development risk, environment issues, masterplanning and design. The principal focus of the book is on the reuse of urban land, including treatment options, and regeneration of the built environment, whilst not ignoring greenfield development.

The book is divided into four parts:

(1) the development process and planning policies

(2) site assessment, risk analysis and remediation of contaminated land

(3) feasibility studies and financial appraisals

(4) design issues

Paul Syms has written to fill the gap [between developers and public planners], and is to be congratulated on doing so …. It will immediately and justifiably become a standard text for every student and professional who wants to understand the land development process and its outcomes.’ – Professor Sir Peter Hall, Director of the Institute of Community Studies

The development process; Planning and development policies; Project inception; Site assembly and the professional team; Site assessment; Risk analysis; Remediation and treatment options; The feasibility study; Planning and Environmental Regulation; Development finance and joint ventures; Tendering and contracts; Marketing and sales; Land use and design; Masterplanning; Building and concepts; Future developments; Appendix 1 Sample option agreement
* one of the first texts to look at development and brownfield sites
* Government committed to redevelopment primarily on brownfield land - 3.8 million new homes needed in England over next 15 years
* covers all building types, not just residential
* highly practical and draws on author's consultancy work on contaminated land