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REGENERATION IN NEW TOWNS HELD BACK BY ENGLISH PARTNERSHIPS

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Councils representing new towns claim they are being held back by English Partnerships, the government agency respo...
Councils representing new towns claim they are being held back by English Partnerships, the government agency responsible for regeneration and development.

A group of 10 local authorities has told a government review of the agency it is in need of a complete overhaul if the councils are to be freed up to regenerate their areas.

According to the New Towns Special Interest Group, English Partnerships has more extensive land holdings and planning control in new town areas than elsewhere.

Vice chairman David Cargill said: 'English Partnerships is just not sensitive to our needs. Many of the new town areas are in desperate need of regeneration because of the ageing infrastructure, but we cannot get on with it because of the powers it has.'

New town land was given to the body after the second world war. Receipts from its sell-off have gone to the Treasury, rather than being re-invested in the locality, leaving control of planning and s106 agreements to English Partnerships.

English Partnerships corporate strategy director Trevor Beattie said: 'The important thing . . . is not who owns the land but what is done on that land. I am completely confident there will continue to be a national role for English Partnerships.'

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