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This article examines the tensions and conflicts between the electricity industry, which needed to provide a plentiful supply of electricity to power Britain's post-war economic recovery, and the planning authorities which wanted to de-industrialise the South Bank of the River Thames.

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The issues raised by the conflict, rational urban planning and economic recovery, were of such importance that the Bankside proposal escalated to a debate of national importance. The decision was taken at the highest level of government and was approved partly as a consequence of the harsh winter' of 1947. The turns within the complex administrative jungle of the planning system and the electricity industry are examined.

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This page is a summary of: The battle for Bankside: electricity, politics and the plans for post-war London, Urban History, November 2017, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s0963926817000591.
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