‘A place of pioneers’: Greenwich Millennium Village

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Labour’s vision of sustainable communities is still going strong 20 years on – in at least one case

On December 31, 1999, the UK entered a new millennium with a string of celebratory construction projects. Alongside the Millennium Dome, the London Eye and other grands projets, there were plans to create a string of communities around England, one of which would be within sight of the Dome on the Greenwich Peninsula, on land that was formerly home to Europe’s largest gasworks and heavy industry.

The millennium communities programme was launched in 1997 by then-deputy prime minister John Prescott, who spoke of it, “reclaiming contaminated industrial land to create a living, thriving, healthy community”.

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