Town planners from local authorities across northern England met in Bradford yesterday to discuss the revitalisatio...
Town planners from local authorities across northern England met in Bradford yesterday to discuss the revitalisation of inner city areas as 'urban villages', reports the Yorkshire Post (p13).
Delegates at the conference organised by Bradford City Council were shown the city's former cotton district, renamed Goitside, a rundown area considered ready for such a development.
Les Webb, a local town planner, said: 'The potential [for Goitside] is enormous, but for some reason the city never seems to get its act together...if Goitside was south of Watford, it would be the most desirable residential area you could think of.
'Everybody has been saying that they are going to create an urban village on every little landfill site, but I don't know of a successful one that has been built in the last eight years. Goitside has potential, but the local authority has to have the will to do the job rather than let market forces take over.'