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Abercrombie, Patrick

Sir Leslie Patrick Abercrombie (1879 – 1957) was an influential English urban planner. In the 1920s and 1930s, Abercrombie developed a specialty in regional planning, became chairman of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England in 1926, and was on the Council of the Town and Country Planning Association. He came to national prominence in the 1930s and 1940s for his urban planning of the cities of Plymouth, Hull, Bath, Edinburgh and Bournemouth, and later for his radical plan to redevelop post-war London, for which he is best known. 

We stock maps from his Thames Valley Survey (1929) and his Oxfordshire Regional Planning Report (1931), and his post-Second World War redevelopment plans for the capital from the 1943 County of London Plan and the 1944 Greater London Plan (together commonly known as the Abercrombie Plan).  The Greater London Plan proposed that physical growth of London should be limited by a green belt, and that in excess of a million people should move out to expanded and new towns beyond it.