We’ve been here before with New Towns – they are difficult

Paul Smith CROP

With the parties gearing up for a snap election, Labour has put New Towns at the heart of its housing policy. Paul Smith explains why they are unlikely to have much of a short-term impact

When he wasn’t hammering the Scots, King Edward I was building new towns. King’s town (or, these days, Kingston) upon Hull was undoubtedly a success.

The port of Nova Villa - hampered by the cost of dredging its harbour and with better located neighbours - less so. All you’ll find there today is a farmhouse. Building new towns, it turns out, is hard even when you have the divine right of Kings on your side

Fast forward to the twentieth century, another golden age for new towns, and success was no more guaranteed.

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