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STILL A PLACE FOR NEW TOWNS SAYS BUILDERS' FEDERATION

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A new town development near Peterborough that will provide homes for 13,000 people is profiled in The Times (p25)....
A new town development near Peterborough that will provide homes for 13,000 people is profiled in The Times (p25).

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.

In a companion article, House Builders' Federation director Roger Humber argues that the Commission for New Towns should be expanding its role, not winding down.

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.

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