Yesterday Mumbai published a new development plan in just under 4 years from the signing of the contract (the last plan was 1981), of which it took 1 year for the client to agree the final version. No plan for any city anywhere should take longer without political obstruction. There are far worse examples than Hart I could have chosen (adopted 1996 drafted much earlier).
Lets compare the two.
Hart: 213 sq km
Mumbai: 603 sq km
Hart: 86,000 or so residents
Mumbai: 11.98 million
Hart: up to 8,600 2011-2032
Mumbai: Forecast to rise by 2.4 million 2008 to 2020
Hart: Few -second richest area in England
Mumbai: Many, has 3 million additional slum dweller since 2001
Ah this must be the reason
Hart: Special Protection Area – Thames Heaths – 2,099ha. There are no sites in the District designated for their landscape importance, e.g. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. No Green Belt.
Mumbai: The Mumbai High Court has forced protection of 13,282 hectares of suburban Mumbai under the Ramsar convention. Mumbai is surrounded by sea on a pennisnula severely constraining development.
Hampshire Residents Protest
Mumbai Residents Protest