The gap between planning procedures and human needs is widening. This causes feelings of alienation. Seven causes are identified: A loss of human scale, of place identity, of environmental meaning and diversity of relationships, a high degree of mechanization, a utilitarian way of looking at things, having no voice in public matters, and dilapidation and unsafety due to financial restrictions. Although of different order they all hang together. Alienation is more widespread than is generally recognized but because its roots lie in the way society develops as a whole, its cure is far from simple.