Parliamentary round-table on providing high quality homes in New Towns, now and

Parliamentary round-table on providing high quality homes in New Towns, now and in the future.

The parliamentary round-table was hosted and chaired by Lucy Allan MP for Telford, and Chair of the APPG on New Towns. Speakers included Scott Logan, Managing Director of Basildon Council; Steve Wood, chief executive of the NHBC; Mary Parsons, chair of the TCPA and group director of placemaking and regeneration at Places for People; and Lindsey Richards Head of Planning at Homes England.

The discussion focussed on estate regeneration, the procurement of land and management of housing, mixed communities, the importance of placemaking and ensuring development is sustainable, innovative design, providing the type of homes needed and engaging with the community early on to establish a collaborative vision.

Cllr Nicola Lowery, Shadow Cabinet Member for Planning Policy and Borough Councillor for the Ironbridge Gorge said: “As one of the fastest growing Towns and given the level of development we have seen in Telford, we need to really consider how people live and ensure our new homes connect with the wider place. In Telford I feel certainly as a Member of our Planning Committee that there is a real opportunity to achieve a better balance between growth and protecting our environment, to avoid piecemeal development that expands into our rural areas.

“Now is the time for innovation, quality design and better community engagement. Today I raised how Homes England, TCPA and the APPG could assist in holistic master planning and attracting more responsible, innovative developers given some of our more complex brownfield and industrial sites that have a history of mining and particularly sites of industrial heritage such as the Coalbrookdale foundry.

“In Telford I feel we are now at a crossroad of really considering how we sustainably expand our Borough. Development must be inclusive, as historically I feel from speaking with many residents and on planning applications, many within our community have not felt that developers have had a consultative approach, maximised profit above community and failed to connect with our functional structure, which has had real social impact within some areas.

“Within Telford I feel it’s vital we have a properly structured housing market offer to provide the kind of homes and tenure that our communities need. As it is only through collaboration and vision that we will sustainably expand our Borough and ensure the best future for our local area”.

6 thoughts on “Parliamentary round-table on providing high quality homes in New Towns, now and

  • March 15, 2018 at 7:17 pm
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    Doesn’t that Lucy Allan live in Shrewsbury. If thats right she shouldn’t be for Telford.

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  • March 15, 2018 at 7:37 pm
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    Im surprised any houses sell what with being the child sex capital of britain…what an inticement to come to Telford.

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  • March 15, 2018 at 8:31 pm
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    Put it this way . She has a flat in telford , but does she live there ??

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  • March 15, 2018 at 10:09 pm
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    No mention of how the developer of Haygate Fields managed to push through planning permission for 300 plus new houses on green belt land simply because they have deeper pockets than Telford & Wrekin council who finally woke up an oppsed the development then?

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  • March 16, 2018 at 12:57 am
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    Hi Tony, as a Member of the Planning Committee I voted against the Haygate Field application but the developer sadly took the application to appeal and outline permission was granted by the planning inspectorate. In recent weeks the application came back to Committee for reserved matters and we managed to secure changes to the design to better consider the existing community. I could not support the application as the developer removed the buffer zone which I felt was essential as did other members.

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