Inadequate community planning process Uncoordinated village plan Unresolved development pattern Inadequate local planning
In the absence of an integrated community design much needed action to improve the condition and appearance of a settlement is not carried out. Despite increasing concern with the planning of space, particularly in the way a cohesive plan reveals the unique image and identity of each community, in most rural communities not much happens to improve the situation.
In many rural communities of the developed world, the informality of relationships and the emphasis on individual approaches to property-use result in piecemeal designs for local life. Litter and debris detract from the appearance of a village and encourage laxity in helping to keep it clean. Many areas may require beautification but no village landscaping plan gets prepared. The pride of the community is dampened. The erosion of the basis of community life is made obvious when, in the absence of comprehensive planning and of organization to carry out plans, obviously necessary improvements - such as the repair of roads, the installation of drains and public toilets and the allocation of community space for industrial and recreation facilities - are not carried out; and there is a paralyzing dependence on structures outside the community. Lack of comprehensive planning for redesigning town centres, and for the improvement of utilities, transportation and security services, means that small towns find it difficult to attract new business and additional residents.
Unless comprehensive space and beautification plans are created, it remains difficult to generate and maintain a community's symbolic identity.
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