Category Archives: new towns

Concrete-on-Sea

St Leonard’s-on-Sea in East Sussex was laid out as a new town in the 19th Century Perhaps ‘genteel housing development’ better describes architect James Burton’s original plans for St Leonard’s.  Today, what’s left of Burton’s scheme has been absorbed into … Continue reading

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Another go at new towns

Are new towns proof that the road to hell is paved with good intentions? I’ve always been fascinated by new towns. New towns are about making new starts. They give us a chance to begin again, and do things better … Continue reading

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New towns need a bigger dream than ‘green’

If desperately-needed new towns are to take root, and win popular support, planners need to come up with something more inspiring than carbon-neutral houses.  Derwenthorpe, near York, is a case in point. Launched by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust in … Continue reading

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Midlands mega-city proposed to ‘obliterate’ countryside

Yesterday The Sunday Telegraph revealed a plan to “exploit the new and highly controversial” National Planning Policy Framework” to build up to 100,000 homes on green belt land in the Midlands. This development would “obliterate the open countryside … to … Continue reading

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