The Extent to Which the Principle of Sustainability Guides Land Use Policy Development

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The Extent to Which the Principle of Sustainability Guides Land Use Policy Development

The idea of developing in such a way that the present can meet their
needs without future generations needs being compromised is not a new
one. It has been practiced and continues to be practiced by many
groups of people across the world. For example, this principle is
embedded in Aboriginal beliefs that they come from the land, and must
return to the land and so must be custodians to the land. The
Brundtland Commission, chaired by the Norwegian prime minister,
brought the concept to the foreground where the famous definition of
sustainability was given. This essay will discuss the idea of
sustainability, how
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‘Limits to Growth’[2] is a
book that tried to explain how economic expansion must soon come to an
end , because of environmental limits. ‘Our Common Future’, the
sequel to this book, starts from essentially similar understandings
of the nature of the economy-environment interconnections, but draws
the conclusion that growth can and should continue, however, this
growth would take a different form from past growth, and should be
sustainable.

By the start of the 1990s about three-quarters of councils in England,
Scotland and Wales already had a ‘green plan’ of some kind in effect
or in preparation, some explicitly recognising the need to extend to
global issues such as global warming as well as local matters. What
was new in the 1990s was the degree to which central government began
to give formal support to sustainable development, and to land use
planning as a means of achieving it, in some cases producing the
relevant policies and legislation in response to international
commitments. Sustainability is now one of the UK governments key
objectives. A commitment to national sustainability plans was a key
component of the UNCED agreements in 1992,…