1st Edition

New Towns The Rise, Fall and Rebirth

By Katy Lock, Hugh Ellis Copyright 2020
    192 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    Often misunderstood, the New Towns story is a fascinating one of anarchists, artists, visionaries, and the promise of a new beginning for millions of people. New Towns: The Rise Fall and Rebirth offers a new perspective on the New Towns Record and uses case-studies to address the myths and realities of the programme. It provides valuable lessons for the growth and renewal of the existing New Towns and post-war housing estates and town centres, including recommendations for practitioners, politicians and communities interested in the renewal of existing New Towns and the creation of new communities for the 21st century.

    Part 1: The Birth, Rise and Fall of UK New Towns  1. The Birth of the New Towns  2. The Rise and Fall of the New Towns 3. New Town Hinterland  Part 2: The New Towns at Middle Age  4. The New Towns Today  5. Harlow  6. Peterlee 7. Cwmbran 8. Cumbernauld  9. Skelmersdale  10. Craigavon  11. Milton Keynes  Part 3: Rebirth of the New Towns  12. Top Lessons from the New Towns  13. The Future of the New Towns ideal  14. Conclusion


    Katy Lock MRTPI is garden cities and new towns Projects and Policy Manager at the Town & Country Planning Association, where she leads on the association’s campaigns and promotion of garden city principles in policy, legislation, education and the arts.

    Dr Hugh Ellis is the TCPA’s Head of Policy. Hugh joined the TCPA as senior planner in April 2009. Before taking the post he had been senior planning advisor to Friends of the Earth for 10 years and had previously worked as a lecturer in the University of Sheffield planning school.