Memorandum by Catalyst Corby (NT 09)
1. NEW TOWN
Parallel decline of areas subject to poor architectural
design and construction techniques is unsustainable and expensive.
This is exacerbated by the anti social activity
encouraged by the Radburn multiple walkway design and lack of
Intense "inner city" type areas of
deprivation and decline are created. This in turn creates an unwelcome
image, population decline and a fall in investment and Local Authority
The wide open green spaces, though welcome environmentally
and socially, are also very expensive to maintain.
2. CAR DEPENDENCE
The combination of low density New Town layout
and bus deregulation produces a poor and reducing public transport
choice. This is encouraging a modal shift to the car.
3. SOCIAL EXCLUSION
The problems outlined above and the reduction
in revenues and investment will lead to further social exclusion.
However, the awarding of Urban Regeneration Company (URC) status
will solve the problems providing that support funding for Masterplan
projects is forthcoming from Government.
English Partnerships' role in Corby has diminished
along with its land holdings. It should, however, be prepared
to increase its contributions to the URC effort.
The National Planning System is a shambles and
puts a severe brake on remedial measures because of the dependence
on the Regional Planning GuidanceStructure PlanDistrict
Local Plan cascade. The Green Paper offers hope but a complete
solution would be found by investing planning powers in the URCs
as with Urban Development Corporations in the past. This would
give the URC more power and certainty of achievement and since
it would be fully consulted upon, would be "owned" by
the people of the New Town.
5. THE ROLE
Public sector support is invaluable. However,
when this is accompanied by heavy bureaucracy, its beneficial
support is nullified and private sector involvement and investment
6. NEW TOWNS
Unlike ordinary towns and settlements which
evolve slowly over decades, New Towns are dynamic areas which
can be "Engines of Growth" in the Region. They are used
to development and welcome change. As such they should be at the
forefront; exemplars of regeneration. With an enabling role such
as URC status, the "engine" can become an "FI"
vehicle for social, housing and commercial growth.
7. SHOULD GOVERNMENT
YesNew Towns should be re-invigorated,
funded from top-slicing of the now positive financial returns
from the sale of New Town assets and encouraged to lead regional