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George Lionel Pepler - Town Planner


Sir George L. Pepler (1882-1959) was born in Croydon and educated at Bootham and

Ley schools. He trained as a surveyor but was drawn to housing and town

planning. He was a member of the National Housing and Town Planning Council and

in 1908 won two gold medals at the Wolverhampton Model Housing Exhibition with

his partner, Ernest G. Allen.

In 1911, George is listed as an Architect and Surveyor and living with his family and two servants

at Apsley, Beechwood Road


In 1913 he was instrumental in founding the Town Planning Institute for which he

remained both Honorary Secretary and Treasurer , and was twice President from

1919-1920 and 1949-1950. In 1914 he joined the Local Government Board, taking

over the organization of the Greater London Arterial Road Conferences. He was

Chief Town Planning Inspector to the Ministry of Health from 1919-1941, and

Chief Technical Adviser to the Ministry of Town and Country Planning from



In 1920 he became a member of the Committee on Unhealthy Areas and was twice

president of the International Federation for Housing and Town Planning from

1935-1938 and 1947-1952. In 1947 he prepared the Town and Country Planning Act,

which made planning an integral part of the business of both central and local

government. He was a town planning consultant for Renfrewshire County Council

between 1948 and 1956, and Town Planning Adviser to the Colony of Singapore

between 1950 and 1954.


He was Chairman of the National Playing Fields Associations' Grounds and Layout

Committee from 1949-1959 and both Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Council for

the Preservation of Rural England's Central Panels Committee between 1952 and



Between 1948 and 1953 he lectured at the University of Cambridge in the

Department of Estate Management and generously praised Sir Patrick Geddes whose

work he greatly admired.

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