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RTPI response to DCLG consultation on changes to New Towns Regulations

Planning efficiently provided new towns/cities over a long period (1940s-1970s), generally of pretty decent quality and on the whole regarded as a success – using the kind of powers which are now proposed. The RTPI welcomes the initiative the Government to breathe new life into the new towns concept.

The key question for us is ensure that the Corporations are sufficiently resourced and that they deliver new towns of quality, in the broadest sense, and actually address the areas of greatest housing need.

In this connection we are concerned about the apparent opting out of the Secretary of State in this process. Who will ensure that locally led new towns are in the most appropriate locations to meet needs from a national and regional perspective, and will a master developer and utility companies have the necessary confidence to invest?

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