The£1,000m township of Hampton is designed to overcome some of the bleakness encountered by other new town development with the inclusion of community facilities such as schools, sportsgrounds, churches and day centres.
The first of the 5,200 homes will be built later this year with 15% to go to low income groups and 15% to be sold below market price.
The site, once laid to waste by the brick-making industry, will incorporate the world's largest nature reserve.
The English New Town programme was one of the most successful urban policies of post-war Britain, the article says.
The commission's role is to be reduced to selling off left over land and dealing with assets left by urban development corporations and housing action trusts.