AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area


Identity Statement

Reference code(s): MCC/CL/L/PL
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Date(s): 1922-1965
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4.5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): MCC | Middlesex County Council x Middlesex County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The MCC became a planning authority in 1948. It planning duties were to control the development of land in the County and to prepare a Development Plan. Between the wars Middlesex had grown at a phenomenal rate, producing sprawl and over-industrialisation, with the attendant problems of competing uses for the remaining available land.

The County Development Plan, which laid down the future pattern of land use in Middlesex, was approved by the Minister of Housing and Local Government in 1956, with a Review of the Plan approved in 1964. The Plan maintained a careful balance of competing uses and was primarily directed towards the maintenance of the Green Belt, a limitation on uses giving rise to employment and improved provision of open space and land for the social services. Under its planning policies, the Council arranged for hundreds of trees to be planted near main thoroughfares and acquired about fifty wrongly-sited premises in order to extinguish their industrial uses.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Middlesex County Council Clerk's Legal Department relating to planning, 1922-1965, including papers relating to the County of Middlesex Development Plan, including papers of Joint Town Planning Committees; copies of relevant legislation; building preservation orders; objections to the Plan; papers relating to reviews of the Plan; public enquiries; and proposals for works at specific sites. Also survey of footpaths under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, including correspondence, maps and statement.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

MCC/CL/L/PL/01: County of Middlesex Development Plan; MCC/CL/L/PL/02: Rights of way survey.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the Corporation of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent authority, the Middlesex County Council, and with successor authorities.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For more records relating to planning, including maps and plans, see MCC/CL/MP and MCC/CL/PL.

Publication note:

For further information on the history of the Middlesex County Council please see Middlesex by Sir Clifford Radcliffe (2 editions, 1939 and 1953), LMA Library reference 97.09 MID; and The County Council of the Administrative County of Middlesex: 76 years of local government, 1 April 1889 to 31 March 1965, by Middlesex County Council (1965), LMA library reference S97.09 MID.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Corporate Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"

Related Placename Search

* To search for other records with similar placenames, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"