New Towns: an idea for the 21st Century?

  • Thursday, 25 April, 2019
    13:00 - 14:00

A panel discussion to consider whether the Government should support a modern generation of New Towns

with
Yolande Barnes
Chair of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute at University College London

Alex Cunningham MP
Shadow Housing Minister

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP
Author of the government-commissioned Independent Review of Build Out

chaired by

Jack Airey
Head of Housing, Policy Exchange

About the Event
In response to a shortage of good quality homes after the War, successive UK governments supported the building of New Towns across the country. Ministers envisioned places “with a sense of beauty, culture and civic pride.” Today there are over two million people living in New Towns.

In this panel debate we ask whether the time for a modern generation of New Towns has come again and what measures can be taken to support them being built in ways that are beautiful and affordable. The event follows Policy Exchange’s latest housing report, Tomorrow’s Places, which calls for a new government Department for Growth to work with the Mayor of London and partner directly with developers to build 15 new towns in London’s commuter belt.