To do: notes about distance and accessibility.
The initial plan for Edinburgh’s New Town was approved by the City Council in 1767, and is the largest complete example of town planning from the Georgian period anywhere in the world. The architect, James Craig, was only 28 years old when he designed the area known as the first New Town. The design is a product of European Enlightenment ideas of rationality and classical proportion. He may have been inspired by the ordered plans of cities such as Lisbon. The New Town has a wealth of European connections, both historic and contemporary.