This report addresses the matter of town planning in the West Bank, an issue which has a direct and intense impact on the quality of the lives of Palestinians. Town planning affects both their prospects of future prosperity as well as their prospects of nationhood. The Israeli military government in the West Bank utilised a planning policy which was rigorously consistent, and the decisions made through this mechanism influenced social and economic development, transport, and the quality of the environment. They influenced not only where Palestinians could build their homes, but whether those homes could be built at all. The report addresses Israeli plans for and control over development, the legal and administrative basis of planning in the West Bank, and Israeli settlements and land seizure.